Colombian gang puts a $70,000 bounty on Sombra the drug-sniffing dog

Sombra which means Shadow in English had been based in Turbo in the Urabá region of Colombia

Colombian narcotics officer Sombra - a decorated German Shepherd - is on the run after one of the most powerful drug cartels put a $70k bounty on her furry head.

Despite the bounty on her head, Sombra has her fans.

Led by Dario Antonio Usuga, who goes by the name of "Otoniel", the clan is considered one of the most ambitious and ruthless gangs in the country.

Otoniel, outraged by the enormous losses caused by Somra's sensitive nose, offered 200 million pesos, about $70,000 United States, to anyone who eliminated the highly effective anti-drug campaigner, El Spectador reported. The anti-narcotics team took the threat seriously and immediately transferred Sombra to other duties in the relative safety of Bogota's worldwide airport.

She's since been relocated to an airport in Bogotá, where, according to the news outlet, she's accompanied by extra security officers to ensure her safety.

According to El Spectador, Sombra's efforts led to the seizure of three cocaine shipments in a 24-hour period, July 21-July 22.

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Sombra is a 6-year-old German shepherd who has been on Colombia's counter-narcotics police force since she was a puppy. The dog has already received recognition for her work in the form of two "K-9 Medals of Courage" and is set to receive another later this year.

A real-life McGruff is taking a bite out of crime in Colombia, sniffing her way to high-profile drug busts - and now, the cartels have started taking notice. Because she has been so successful, she is the topic of tweets and has even been featured on television.

After her six hour shift is over, Sombra is transported in a van with tinted windows back to her kennel.

Happily, Sombra, while all business on the job, has a friendly disposition. "She understands orders from a leader, and she's more playful than the others". "Not only to look for caches of illicit drugs but also, after her work is done, to de-stress, so to speak".

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

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