BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) — Agents from Homeland Security Investigations arrived in New York Wednesday night with Dairo Antonio Usuga David, an alleged Colombian drug lord “comparable only to Pablo Escobar,” Colombia’s President, Ivan Duque, said Thursday.

“He is not only the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world,” Duque added, “but he is the murderer of social leaders, abuser of boys, girls, and adolescents, a murderer of policemen.”

The Colombian president made his comments surrounded by his nation’s military leaders, who captured the 50-year-old suspect, known as “Otoniel,” in October 2021. The government kept him imprisoned until U.S. authorities arranged for his extradition.

The Colombian government noted that Otoniel was on the run for more than a decade by allegedly corrupting state officials in South America. On Wednesday, Otoniel was put in handcuffs and wore a helmet and bulletproof vest as he was transferred to a military airfield in Bogota, Colombia for a flight to New York City.

Otoniel was on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Most Wanted” list. He faces indictments in three U.S. jurisdictions: Brooklyn, New York’s Southern District, and Miami.

Otoniel allegedly trafficked up to 200 tons of cocaine every year into the United States, according to officials. The Colombian government said Otoniel’s feared Clan del Golfo, or Gulf Clan, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of members of Colombia’s security forces.

The U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn’s Eastern District, Breon Price, held a news conference Thursday afternoon with Anne Milgram, director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Ricky Patel, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations.