Colombian Cartel Puts $70,000 Price On The Head Of Drug-Sniffing Dog

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

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.

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.

Colombian drug-sniffing dog "Sombra" works at El Dorado International airport in Bogota on Friday.

In 2012, the gang reportedly offered $500 to those who killed a police officer, and offered more if the cop worked for the country's counternarcotics force.

A top sniffer dog used by Colombian police has become a troublemaker for the nation's top drugs cartel, which has put a $70,000 price on the pooch's head after it busted tons of the gang's cocaine.

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

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

A year ago marked a major success for the country's police, which seized a staggering 12 tons of cocaine linked to Colombia's Gulf Clan, estimated to be worth around $360 million.

Colombia is considered the world's largest producer of cocaine.

President-Elect Ivan Duque is promising a tougher approach to speed up eradication of the drug, including aerial spraying and the use of drones. Translation: She's on desk duty, for her own safety.

Colombia's national police estimate it has lost at least 1800 officers in the last 20 years as well as several police dog in its effort to combat the drug trade. She also found another delivery of coke hidden inside a machine. But even with advanced technology, experts say on-the-ground detective work like that performed by Sombra is critical.

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