Colombian Cartel Puts $70K Bounty On Drug-Sniffing Dog

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Colombian Cartel Puts $70K Bounty On Drug-Sniffing Dog

A notorious drugs gang in Colombia has placed a £53,000 price on the head of a crime-busting police sniffer dog.

Sombra (Shadow in English) had been working Colombia's port cities, but officials have moved her beat to the Bogota airport because it's outside the Urabeños turf.

Sombra is now being held at the Bogota airport for (obvious) safety reasons.

Some of Sombra's recent busts include uncovering over five tons of Gulf Clan cocaine destined for Europe and concealed in crates of bananas.

The dog is credited with the arrest of 245 suspects and is a national hero in Colombia, where adults and children often take selfies with their arms wrapped around Sombra's furry neck.

The Gulf Clan engages in activities ranging from drug smuggling to human trafficking and illegal mining.

Past year marked a major success for the country's police, which seized a staggering 12 tons of cocaine linked to Colombia's Gulf Clan, estimated to be worth around $360 million.

Sombra worked inside the cargo hold of El Dorado airport in Bogota Colombia
Fernando Vergara Associated Press Sombra worked inside the cargo hold of El Dorado airport in Bogota Colombia

Colombian police uncovered the threat against the talented canine during an intercepted phone call earlier this month.

"Sombra the German shepherd has become the terror of criminal organizations", a recent story in Colombia's El Espectador newspaper stated.

On a typical day, Sombra is up by 6 a.m. and shuttled from a kennel to work at El Dorado airport inspecting packages and cargo. In return, the gang, also known as Clan del Golfo, reportedly put a hit out on the dog for $70,000.

The Urabeños offered a bounty of up to 200 million Colombian pesos - almost $70,000 - for the canine's life, Colombia's national police said last week.

A police spokesperson told local media: 'Sombra is a huge headache for drug traffickers'.

Rojas said the star-like attention hasn't gone to Sombra's head.

Despite the bounty on her head, Sombra has her fans.

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