Colombian drug traffickers put a $70000 bounty on a police dog

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

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

Actually, add animals to the latter since a Colombian drug gang has reportedly put a bounty of $70,000 on a drug detecting canine.

But as the dog sniffs her way toward record cocaine interdictions, she has also become the latest target of Colombia's most powerful drug gang.

The German shepherd called Sombra, which means "shadow" in Spanish, has helped to intercept nearly ten tonnes of cocaine, with a street value of about $500 million, being shipped by the Urabeños drug cartel from ports on the Caribbean.

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.

Tighter airport security will make it easier for Sombra's handlers to protect her, Newsweek reported.

In the last few years, the German Shepherd's work has led directly to 245 arrests.

Colombian police recently revealed that the Gulf Clan, a cartel that boasts its own guerrilla army, has offered a reward of $7,000 to whoever kills or captures the savvy hound. She also found another delivery of coke hidden inside a machine. "She is playful. In fact, during training this is part of her work - not just finding the caches of illicit drugs".

The Urabeños are, according to CNN, "one of Colombia's most powerful criminal groups", trafficking in enough cocaine that one dog could seize 9 tons of it.

While Colombia continues to try to shake off its reputation as the cocaine capital of the world, it seems Sombra's work is dearly needed, with the South American country producing more of the drug than ever before.

Colombia's soaring output of coca - the raw material of cocaine - is testing traditionally close relations with the United States.

Sombra, El Tiempo reports, is expected to retire in two years.

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