Sunday, 15 December, 2019


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

Drug dealers put price on German Shepherd's head Urabeños cartel puts $70,000 price on dog's head
Bennie Garza | 31 July, 2018, 11:46

The anti-narcotics team took the threat seriously and immediately transferred Sombra to other duties in the relative safety of Bogota's worldwide airport.

In Colombia drug traffickers have established a reward of $70 thousand for the head of the police dog, which found a record number of drugs. Translation: She's on desk duty, for her own safety.

While Colombia continues to try to shake off its reputation as the cocaine capital of the world, it seems Sombra's work is dearly needed, with the South American country producing more of the drug than ever before.

Sombra had worked in ports along the Atlantic coast, and recently sniffed out over 11,000 pounds of cocaine in the coastal town of Turbo, and found another 8,800 pounds of it tucked in cars to be exported.

He has to change location every three hours, according to Business Insider, as police close in on the cartel leader. 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.

Sombra now finds shipments of contraband at Bogotá airport. And she is so good at her job that drug dealers want her dead. Because she has been so successful, she is the topic of tweets and has even been featured on television.

"Sombra is a really friendly, calm dog", Oscar Favian Solarte, head of the anti-narcotics division, told El Tiempo. "She is playful. In fact, during training this is part of her work - not just finding the caches of illicit drugs".

While Sombra is furry and friendly and fun, the death threats made against her are real-and show exactly how serious the drug war can be.

Dairo Antonio Úsuga, alias "Otoniel", is the head of the Urabeños, one of Colombia's most powerful criminal groups and one of the country's most wanted men.

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