Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Colombian Drug Cartel Puts Bounty On Police’s Narcotics Dog

Colombian Drug Cartel Puts Bounty On Police’s Narcotics Dog

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Colombia's national police estimates it has lost at least 1,800 officers - and a number of dogs - to the war on drugs in the past two decades.

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.

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Colombia's biggest drugs gang, the Urabeños, put a price on Sombra's head after she sniffed out 10 tonnes of their cocaine earlier this year.

But 6-year-old Sombra (which means Shadow, in English) is now in so much danger that she's been moved to safer digs at Bogota's El Dorado airport, according to CNN.

The anti-narcotic police tweeted that "in the last three years she (Sombra) became a torment of "Otoniel". Since her transfer to Bogota in January, the German shepherd has found thousands of pounds of the drug hidden in various boxes of wooden necklaces and sneakers.

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

"Sombra is a very friendly, calm canine, and for that reason, she has no problem approaching children or people who want to say hello to her", Oscar Favian Solarte, head of the anti-narcotics division, told El Tiempo. "She is playful. In fact, during training this is part of her work - not just finding the caches of illicit drugs".

The bounty has been issued by the Urabeños, also known as the Gulf clan, and they've been cited by the U.S. Justice Department as the "largest and most influential criminal group in Colombia". Colombia's cocaine accounted for about 92 percent of cocaine stashes seized in the United States that year.

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