Drug cartel puts price on dog's head after cocaine bust

Sombra which means Shadow in English had been based in Turbo in the Urabá region of Colombia

The drug-sniffing dog is responsible for finding more than 2000kg of cocaine during her time with the National Police of Colombia, prompting the Urabenos, or Gulf Clan, to offer the bounty. A significant part of the drug industry controls the local criminal gang "Urabenos", which is also known as the "clan Usuga" or "the Golf clan". However, she is not totally safe just yet and for this reason, two armed guards transport her, backwards and forwards from her drug-sniffing shift in the airport in a van with tinted windows.

The threat has prompted officials to move the pup from her busy post on Colombia's Caribbean coast to the more private El Dorado International Airport in Bogota.

"The fact they want to hurt Sombra and offer such a high reward for her capture or death shows the impact she's had on their profits", a police spokesperson said.

Sometimes people ask to pose for pictures with the furry officer when they see her on duty in the airport.

And the gang is offering a bounty of $70,000 for the canine's life, Colombia's national police said last week. Since her transfer to Bogota in January, the German shepherd has found thousands of pounds of the drug hidden in various boxes of wooden necklaces and sneakers.

Colombia is one of the world's leading producers of cocaine, with an output of around 910 tons per year, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Our German shepherd, Sombra, has participated in nearly 300 operations", Col. Tito Castellanos, the deputy director for the anti-narcotics police, told Colombian news agency RCN. A few months ago, the tenacious hound sniffed out 77 kilos of cocaine placed deep inside an industrial machine. Several pooches have been killed while helping officers eradicate coca crops. That dog, as you may have guessed, is Sombra.

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