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

Sombra which means Shadow in English had been based in Turbo in the Urabá region of Colombia

Sombra, Spanish for "shadow", was trained to sniff out drugs and has uncovered so many stashes of cocaine that one of the country's most powerful criminal organizations has put a price on her head.

According to reports, the Urabeños drug gang, Colombia's most feared criminal organization, put the hit on Sombra after the 6-year-old pooch recently sniffed out almost 10 TONS of cocaine in 2 separate busts.

The illegal drugs belonged to the powerful Urabeños, also called the Gulf clan, run by Dairo Antonio Úsuga also known as Otoniel.

Sombra is now being held at the Bogota airport for (obvious) safety reasons.

"The fact they want to hurt Sombra and offer such a high reward for her capture or death shows the impact she's had on their profits", a Colombia police spokesperson said. "Otoniel" is one of Colombia's most wanted criminals.

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The gang is offering the equivalent of £53,000 for anyone who kills her, according to police intelligence.

She is reportedly transported to and from the airport in a van with tinted windows, flanked by two armed officers.

Since she was transferred in January, the canine sleuth has sniffed thousands of pounds of cocaine out of the dark, helping her handlers find the drug hidden in boxes full of sneakers and wooden necklaces. "Not only to look for caches of illicit drugs but also, after her work is done, to de-stress, so to speak".

Previous 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.

Like most dogs, Sombra likes to play, and enjoys being scratched and petted, but at the same time, she is an essential instrument in the struggle against criminal forces which endanger the lives of Colombia's inhabitants on a daily basis.

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