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Colombian gang puts a $70,000 bounty on Sombra the drug-sniffing dog

31 July 2018

Colombia's biggest drugs gang, known by the name the Urabeños who are also known as the Gulf Clan, are considered Colombia's most powerful criminal organization, put a price on Sombra's head, a drug dog, after she sniffed out 10 tons of their cocaine earlier this year.

In a bid to protect their precious drug-busting weapon, Colombian officials have transferred Sombra from the port city of Turbo, known to police as Urabenos' stronghold, to the capital city of Bogota, where she now works at the worldwide airport.

Her usual handler Jose Rojas told Colombian News Agency RCN Sombra's "sense of smell is far beyond that of other dogs".

In Colombia drug traffickers have established a reward of $70 thousand for the head of the police dog, which found a record number of drugs.

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The leader of the Gulf Clan has offered $7,000 to the first person to capture or kill Sombra, after the skilled drug-sniffing dog has cost him over 2,000 kilos of cocaine.

Six-year-old Sombra worked at ports on the Atlantic coast, including the Turbo - is the town from which high-speed boats and sometimes submarines carrying tons of cocaine from Central America and the United States.

According to El Spectador, Sombra's efforts led to the seizure of three cocaine shipments in a 24-hour period, July 21-July 22.

She has already won two K-9 Medals of Courage for her valor and might get a third one this year, he said. Because she has been so successful, she is the topic of tweets and has even been featured on television.

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"She's playful, and in fact that is part of the development of her job. Not only to look for caches of illicit drugs but also, after her work is done, to de-stress, so to speak".

While Sombra is furry and friendly and fun, the death threats made against her are real-and show exactly how serious the drug war can be.

The Urabeños, Colombia's most powerful criminal organisation, is offering 200m peso (about NZ$101,000) for the german shepherd's life, the BBC reports.

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Colombian gang puts a $70,000 bounty on Sombra the drug-sniffing dog