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Colombian cartel places $7,000 bounty on talented police dog

Colombian cartel places $7,000 bounty on talented police dog

Sombra, a drug-sniffing dog who works with Colombia's police, was relocated after a criminal organization put a price on her head.

Drug cartels like the Gulf Clan have taken note.

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. But the latest target for a Colombian gang is definitely very unusual.

A year ago 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.

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 Bogot√°'s El Dorado global airport. And she is so good at her job that drug dealers want her dead. According to Rojas, Sombra has an incredible sense of smell, beyond that of other sniffer dogs.

Recent busts by Sombra - which is Spanish for Shadow - include uncovering over five tons of cocaine concealed in crates of bananas destined for Europe. Officers also credit her incredible nose with more than 245 drug-related arrests at two of Colombia's biggest global airports. She also found another delivery of coke hidden inside a machine. But even with advanced technology, experts say on-the-ground detective work such as Sombra's is critical.

The threat to Sombra's life was discovered via an intercepted phone call.

Sombra has reportedly aided in busting 245 drug suspects in six years. A recent White House report found the amount of land used to harvest the plant rose 11 percent in 2017, despite $10 billion in US counter-narcotics work.


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