Urabeños cartel puts $70,000 price on dog's head

31 July, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Drug dealers put price on German Shepherd's head

The powerful Colombian drug gang Urabeños put a hit out for Sombra, a 6-year-old German shepherd, who recently sniffed out more than 22,000 pounds of the gang's cocaine supply.

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.

"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.

President-Elect Ivan Duque is promising a tougher approach to speed up eradication of the drug, including aerial spraying and the use of drones. But even with advanced technology, experts say on-the-ground detective work like that performed by Sombra is critical.

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"Sombra" poses for a picture with youngsters at El Dorado International airport in Bogota.

Some of Sombra's recent busts include uncovering over five tons of Gulf Clan cocaine destined for Europe and concealed in crates of bananas.

"Her sense of smell is far beyond that of other dogs, " Rojas said.

The German shepherd named Sombra discovered the cocaine, which the Gulf Clan had hidden in auto parts, at the airport of the city of Medellin.

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The anti-narcotics division of the Colombian National Police Force tweeted that Sombra tormented cartel boss Dairo Antonio "Otoniel" Usuga for the past three years. In addition to the coach, the animal is accompanied by additional officers to enhance security during the move. 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. She also found another delivery of coke hidden inside a machine. The dog, a German Shepherd named Sombra, found around 10 tons of cocaine that belonged to the gang, which was seized by police and obviously cost them a lot of money. Several pooches have been killed while helping officers eradicate coca crops.

Sombra, surrounded by an extra cadre of bodyguards, is now working in Colombia's airports, where she has proven to be every bit as effective.

"We are responsible for her safety", said Rojas.

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