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Infamous Colombian cartel puts $70K bounty on drug-sniffing police K-9 dog

August 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Infamous Colombian cartel puts $70K bounty on drug-sniffing police K-9 dog

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One of Colombia’s most powerful cartels has placed a bounty on the head of an enemy who has cost them more than $100 million — a drug-sniffing police K-9 who has led to the seizure of 10 tons of cocaine off the streets.

The Urabeños — aka the Gulf Clan — is determined to stop the crime-fighting German shepherd Sombra from ruining its profitable enterprise and has offered up to $70,000 to have her kidnapped or killed.

Sombra, which means Shadow, sniffed out approximately 10 tons of the Urabeños cocaine this year, causing the violent gang to put out the hit on her.

“The fact they want to hurt Sombra and offer such a reward for her capture or death shows the impact she’s had on their profits,” a spokesperson for the police told the Telegraph.

The 6-year-old police K-9 worked out of Turbo in the Urabá region — the Urabeños heartland and a critical area for traffickers because of sea access — and is responsible for 245 arrests over the past couple of years.

She’s since been working at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, where it’s believed to be safer because it’s out of the gang’s area, with high levels of security personnel.

Sombra started working with Colombian authorities as a puppy and earned her stripes scouring ports along the coast.

In 2016, she made her first substantial bust, alerting to the presence of close to 3,000 kilos (3.3 tons) of cocaine hydrochloride concealed in banana boxes in a shipment that was intended to be sent to Belgium, according to the Washington Post.

The next year, she sniffed out 1.1 tons of cocaine in another load destined for Belgium, and discovered 5.3 tons of blow last year in Turbo. She also was responsible for the discovery of another 4 tons hidden in exported car parts.

The dog has twice been granted the Wilson Quintero medal — which recognizes those fighting the deadly drug trade — and has risen to celebrity status with appearances on TV and frequent mentions on Bogota’s narcotics police Twitter.

Colombia is one of the leading producers of cocaine across the globe. Ninety-two percent of cocaine seized in the United States in 2016 originated in Colombia, according to U.S. DEA.

Dairo Antonio Úsuga, the leader of the Urabeños, is the most wanted man in Colombia.

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