Colombian government doubles reward for gang leader to $1 million

 Colombia has doubled the reward for information leading to the capture of Usuga Clan gang leader Dario Antonio Usuga to nearly $1 million, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday.

Reuters| Last Updated: Apr 12, 2016, 01:26 AM IST

Bogota:  Colombia has doubled the reward for information leading to the capture of Usuga Clan gang leader Dario Antonio Usuga to nearly $1 million, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday.

The Usuga Clan, also called the Urabenos, have ties to Mexico`s Sinaloa cartel and smuggle hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cocaine out of the Andean country each year, according to law enforcement officials.

"We`re on the trail of the leaders of Usuga and its top boss, Otoniel," Santos said, referring to the alias of Usuga. "We`re raising the reward for him to 3 billion pesos, double what it was." He spoke after meeting with security officials. 

Experts believe criminal gangs will be the country`s biggest security challenge in the coming years as conflicts with leftist rebels, who also participate in the drug trade, wind down.