Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Colombian drug-sniffing dog has a $7,000 bounty on her head

Colombian drug-sniffing dog has a $7,000 bounty on her head

Her nose for contraband has led to the seizure of nine tons of cocaine and the arrest of 245 suspects, NPR reports. However, she is not totally safe just yet and for this reason, two armed guards transport her, backwards and forwards from her drug-sniffing shift in the airport in a van with tinted windows.

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.

Colombia's most powerful criminal gang has offered a reward of 200 million pesos ($70,000) to whoever kills a detection dog which discovered five tons of cocaine the gang was trying to smuggle to Europe, the daily El Tiempo reported Thursday.

A notorious drugs gang in Colombia has placed a £53,000 price on the head of a crime-busting police sniffer dog.

Many of these came during her work at ports on the Atlantic coast from which large quantities of cocaine are shipped to Central and North America.

Colombian police uncovered the threat against the talented canine during an intercepted phone call earlier this month.

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Sombra the drug-sniffing police dog is famous in Colombia.

"President Trump's message to Colombia is clear: The record growth in cocaine production must be reversed, " warned Jim Carroll, deputy director for the drug policy office.

A police spokesperson told local media: 'Sombra is a huge headache for drug traffickers'.

President-Elect Ivan Duque is promising a tougher approach to speed up eradication of the drug, including aerial spraying and the use of drones. Officers also credit her incredible nose with more than 245 drug-related arrests at two of Colombia's biggest worldwide airports.

Sombra's handler, Jose Rojas, 25, said they are responsible for the dog's safety [VIDEO].

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