Drugs gang offers £53k bounty for killing of Colombian sniffer dog

The Colombian sniffer dog with a £53,000 price on its head: German shepherd has busted so many stashes of drugs that gangs are now coming after her

  • Sniffer dog Sombra responsible for arrest of some 245 suspects over the years
  • Prolific German shepherd recently found a huge haul of 10 tonnes of cocaine
  • Feared drugs gang the Urabeños has since put a £53,000 price on dog’s head

A notorious drugs gang in Colombia has placed a £53,000 price on the head of a  crime-busting police sniffer dog.

The Urabeños, considered the country’s most powerful criminal organisation, offered the bounty after the German shepherd found almost 10 tonnes of the cartel’s cocaine.

Sombra – meaning Shadow – is said to be responsible for the arrest of some 245 suspects over the years.

A notorious drugs gang in Colombia has placed a £53,000 price on the head of a crime-busting police sniffer dog (pictured)

Many of these came during her work at ports on the Atlantic coast from which large quantities of cocaine are shipped to Central and North America.

The six-year-old dog is so highly prized that she has been moved to Bogota airport to take her out of the firing line.


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She now receives special protection from extra officers as well as her usual handler.

The six-year-old only recently found 5.3 tonnes of cocaine in the port of Turbo. This followed her discovery of a four-tonne stash hidden in car parts that were set to be exported.


The Urabeños, considered the country’s most powerful criminal organisation, offered the bounty after the German shepherd found almost 10 tonnes of the cartel’s cocaine

Sombra – meaning Shadow – is said to be responsible for the arrest of some 245 suspects over the years

Six years ago, the feared Urabeños offered $500 to anyone who killed a police officer.

But the sum is dwarfed by that promised for the killing of Sombra, showing how damaging the dog has been to their criminal enterprise.

A police spokesperson told local media: ‘Sombra is a huge headache for drug traffickers.’ 

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