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Accused Colombian Cocaine Kingpin Extradited To New York

April 24, 2018 - 12:57 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An alleged Colombian drug kingpin has been extradited to Brooklyn to face federal charges.

Daniel Rendon-Herrera, known as Don Mario, was expected to be arraigned in federal court on Tuesday afternoon.

Rendon-Herrera is accused of flooding the U.S. with cocaine, and ordering hitmen to commit murders throughout North and South America.

"Rendon-Herrera led a major Colombian drug trafficking enterprise that imported tons of cocaine into the United States and employed hitmen who carried out acts of violence across North and South America in furtherance of the organization,” stated United States Attorney Richard P. Donoghue.

The extradition comes as part of an ongoing effort by the DEA, customs officers, Homeland Security Investigations, and local authorities to stop the Clan Usaga criminal organization.

“Don Mario was the most feared narco-terrorist in Colombia. He is known as the old man who ignited Clan Usaga’s reign of terror while besieging the United States with hundreds of tons of cocaine,” stated DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Hunt. “This extradition stems from his arrest in the jungles of Colombia nine years ago and was made possible by local, state, federal and international law enforcement efforts.”

Authorities say Clan Usaga was the 'largest and most influential' criminal group in Colombia. The gang is said to have moved multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S.

Rendon-Herrera is charged with leading a continuing criminal enterprise.