Sombra a drug dog gets police protection with $70,000 bounty on her head

Drug dog Sombra rides with her handler, to the cargo hold at the El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP)

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.

Sombra which means the Shadow is a German shepherd, helped in 245 arrests and last week gave a blow to the criminal organization by finding 10 tons of cocaine hidden in two places, half in a boat and the other half in an auto spare parts’ shipment.

Since then Sombra is in danger after Colombia’s biggest drug cartel offered a $70,000 bounty on her head.

According to news agency and other media resources in Colombia, Sombra was redeployed earlier this year from the Urabeños heartland to the country’s main airport, Bogotá’s El Dorado which is considered safer because it is outside the area of the gang’s influence.

This is not the first time a bounty is offered to get rid of anyone obstructing the drugs gang activities.

In 2012 this same organization offered $500 bounty for every time a police officer is killed.

But Sombra’s bounty this time, shows the serious loss she caused to the drug gang, financially and logistically, as her discovery of the cocaine last week led to the arrest of 275 suspects in connection with the gang led by one of the most wanted criminals, Dairo Antonio Usuga, where 1000 police officer were deployed last June in search of him with the backing of helicopters following information about his place, but he managed to escape, and is still on the run.

Colombia is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine, with an output of around 910 tons per year, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

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