Colombian Gang Puts Price on Drug Sniffing Dog's Head

31 July, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Angel Logan
  • 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

A drug gang seen as Colombia's most powerful criminal entity has placed a price on the head of one of its biggest enemies.

In a tweet, the anti-narcotics division of the Colombian National Police Force said Sombra had tormented cartel boss Dairo Antonio "Otoniel" Usuga for the last three years.

"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.

This is the story of a drug dog with a bounty on its head.

Reports on the bounty's size vary between 20 and 200 million Colombian pesos (between $9540 and 94,124 in Australian dollars).

According to police officials, Sombra's work has led to the seizure of nine tons of cocaine and the arrest of 245 suspects.

According to news agency and other media resources in Colombia, Sombra was redeployed earlier this year from the Urabeños heartland to the country's main airport, Bogotá's El Dorado which is considered safer because it is outside the area of the gang's influence.

Shepherd named Sombra transferred to the airport of Bogota.

She now receives special protection from extra officers as well as her usual handler.

Sombra looks for drugs in the cargo hold of El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia, on 26 July. In addition to the coach, the animal is accompanied by additional officers to enhance security during the move.

"Our German shepherd, Sombra, has participated in nearly 300 operations", Col. Tito Castellanos, the deputy director for the anti-narcotics police, told Colombian news agency RCN.

According to a USA government report released in June, coca production- the base ingredient for the drug- rose 11 per cent in 2017, has reached an all-time high.

The Anti-Narcotics Police reported that a shipment of sports shoes headed for Australia, marked "Colombian National Team", were packed with cocaine.

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