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The Colombian Drug Dog is a real McGruff – and powerful cartels take notice of it



A real McGruff takes a bite out of the crime in Colombia and sniffs to high-profile drug busts – and now the cartels have taken notice of it.

A Colombian drug syndicate already has one with a bounty of $ 7,000 on Sombras furry head and trying to quickly beat the six-year-old dog owner, the officials said.

The German shepherd dog has already followed her nose to a record number of drug investigations and hid hidden suitcases in boats and even big fruit shows. She helped the police take more than 2,000 kilos of cocaine off the road.

  The drug dog Sombra rides with his guide, officer Jose Rojas, to the hold of El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Colombia on Thursday, July 26, 2018. After hearing that Sombras head had a prize, the Colombian ruled The National Police Director said that he would transfer her to a new post earlier this year, local news said. The Colombian police have recently announced that the Gulf Clan, a cartel that owns its own guerrilla army, has offered a $ 7,000 reward to anyone who kills or detains the clever dog. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

The Colombian police have recently announced that the Gulf Clan, a cartel of its own guerrilla army, is offering a $ 7,000 reward to anyone who kills or captures the clever dog ,

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Recent busts of Sombra – Spanish for Shadow – include the detection of over five tons of cocaine hidden in boxes of bananas destined for Europe. A few months ago, the stubborn dog snorted 77 kilos of cocaine deep in an industrial machine.

"Their sense of smell goes far beyond that of other dogs," said Jose Rojas, Sombra's 25-year-old handler to the Associated Press.

But this talent could end up spoiling it.

The Golf Clan – one of Colombia's most powerful cartels, even with its own guerrilla army – has spent a $ 7,000 reward on anyone killing or killing the clever dog.

  Drug Dog Sombra inspects a suitcase at El Dorado Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. On a typical day, Sombra left at 6am and drove from a kennel to El Dorado Airport for parcels and to examine cargo. With her neon-reflective vest, pointed ears, and gaping mouth, she looks more like a beloved family dog ​​than an old drug detection dog. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

Drug dog Sombra inspects a suitcase at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia

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The threat prompted officials to transfer the puppy from their busy post on the Colombian Caribbean coast to the more private El Dorado International Airport in Bogota.

Investigators revealed the threat to Sombra after conducting an intercepted investigation telephone conversation, local newspapers reported.

"Sombra, the German shepherd, has become the terror of criminal organizations," according to a recent story in El Espectador newspaper in Colombia.

  The Sombra drug dog searches in the cargo bay of El Dorado for Drug Airport in Bogota, Colombia, on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Some of Sombra's recent busts include the detection of over five tons of cocaine by the Gulf Clan, which is responsible for Destined to Europe and hidden in boxes of bananas. Overall, the police are giving their incredible nose more than 245 drug-related arrests at two of Colombia's largest international airports. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

Some of Sombra's recent busts include the discovery of over five tons of cocaine from the Gulf Clan destined for Europe and hidden in boxes of bananas.

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Her detective work is essential in Colombia, wrestling with the rapid production of cocaine. A recent White House report found that the amount of land used for the harvest increased by 11 percent in 2017, despite US $ 10 billion in anti-drug activities were.

The designated Ivan Duque promises a harder drug approach, including aerial spraying and the use of drones. But even with advanced technology, experts say detective work on the ground, like Sombra, is critical.

  A woman posing on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia, for a photo with drug dog Sombra Sombras Detective work is now needed more than ever as Colombia wrestles with the fast-paced cocaine production traditionally testing close relationships with the United States. (AP Photo / Fernando Vergara)

Sombras detective work is now needed more than ever as Colombia is grappling with rapid cocaine production, which traditionally tests close ties with the United States.

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The Colombian National Police estimate that they have lost at least 1,800 officers – and a number of dogs – in the fight against drugs over the past two decades. Several bitches were killed as they helped the officers eradicate coca harvests.

Sombras Siege has turned her into a media favorite, and as she wanders around Bogota's airport with her guide, fans occasionally stop her for a selfie.

Rojas said the star-like attention had not been directed to Sombras head.

"Sombra is much easier to handle than other dogs," he said. "She understands commands from one leader, and she's more playful than the others."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang


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