Her nose for contraband has led to the seizure of nine tons of cocaine and the arrest of 245 suspects, NPR reports. As a result she has been moved to work in an airport in a new area outside of the gang's influence, and will be accompanied by extra officers according to The Daily Telegraph.
"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 police spokesperson said.
Sombra, Spanish for "shadow", was trained to sniff out drugs and has uncovered so many stashes of cocaine that one of the country's most powerful criminal organizations has put a price on her head.
The threat to Sombra's life was discovered via an intercepted phone call.
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Her detective work is essential in Colombia, which is wrestling with soaring coco production.
Actually, add animals to the latter since a Colombian drug gang has reportedly put a bounty of $70,000 on a drug detecting canine.
President-elect Ivan Duque is promising a tougher approach to speed up eradication with strategies that could include aerial spraying and the use of drones.
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. Since her transfer to Bogota in January, the German shepherd has found thousands of pounds of the drug hidden in various boxes of wooden necklaces and sneakers. The Urabeños are, according to CNN, "one of Colombia's most powerful criminal groups", trafficking in enough cocaine that one dog could seize 9 tons of it. A few months ago, the tenacious hound sniffed out 77 kilos of cocaine placed deep inside an industrial machine. But even with advanced technology, experts say on-the-ground detective work like that performed by Sombra is critical.