Colombian anti-narcotics dog receives death threats from drug gang

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A talented member of Colombia’s anti-narcotics police is being threatened by the powerful Urabeños drug gang. 

Sombra is a six-year-old German Shepherd whose talent for sniffing out drugs has earned her two K-9 Medals of Courage for her valor.

Colonel Tito Castellanos, Deputy Director of Colombia’s Anti-narcotics police, told CNN that Sombra has assisted in the arrests of 246 people, the seizure of nine tons of cocaine and the seizure of three tons of cocaine hydrochloride. 

Now the Urabeños Mafia has put a bounty of 200 million pesos ($70,000) on her head, according to Colombian police, so the dog had to be moved to Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport over fears for her safety. 

Along with her usual handler, Sombra is now escorted by other officers to keep an eye on her, police said. 

Castellanos told CNN that Sombra will continually be transferred to different locations across the country for security reasons and that her work will be done in two years, once she is able to retire. 

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