Colombian Cartel Puts $70,000 Price On The Head Of Drug-Sniffing Dog

Sombra has been with the Colombian police for six years since she was a puppy

Sombra has been with the Colombian police for six years since she was

After learning there was a price on Sombra's head, Colombia's national police director ordered her to be transferred to a new post earlier this year, according to local news reports.

"We are responsible for her safety, " said officer Jose Rojas, Sombra's 25-year-old handler.

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.

A drug gang seen as Colombia's most powerful criminal entity has placed a price on the head of one of its biggest enemies.

Six years ago, the feared Urabeños offered $500 to anyone who killed a police officer.

The threat prompted officials to relocate Sombra - whose name in Spanish means Shadow - from the port of Turbo on the Caribbean coast to the capital city, where she now uses her extraordinary talent at Bogotá's El Dorado global airport. This followed her discovery of a four-tonne stash hidden in auto parts that were set to be exported.

Her talent for sniffing out drugs has led to the capture of at least 245 people and the seizure of 9 tons of cocaine from the powerful Urabeños gang in Colombia.

"Sombra the German shepherd has become the terror of criminal organizations, " a recent story in Colombia's El Espectador newspaper proclaimed. She also found another delivery of coke hidden inside a machine.

A drug-sniffing dog is reportedly now the target of a Colombian drug gang after the pup recently found roughly 22,000 pounds of the gang's cocaine supply.

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

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