Colombian sniffer dog moved after threats by drug gang
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A dog in Colombia which has sniffed out a record amount of drugs in her career with the counter-narcotics police force has been moved to ensure her safety.
Intelligence sources said the UrabeÃ±os drugs gang had put a 200m-peso ($70,000; Â£53,000) price on the German shepherd's head after she found almost 10 tonnes of the gang's cocaine.
The UrabeÃ±os is considered Colombia's most powerful criminal organisation.
Sombra (Shadow) was moved from the gang's heartland to BogotÃ¡ airport.
The international airport is considered safer for her as it is outside the gang's main area of influence, but the counter-narcotics force is taking no risks.
Police said that apart from her usual handler she was now also accompanied by extra officers to improve her safety during her deployments.
Drug traffickers' scourge
Six-year-old Sombra had been deployed in ports on the Atlantic coast including Turbo, a town from which tonnes of cocaine are shipped b y speedboat and sometimes by submarine to Central America and on to the United States.
Sombra sniffed out 5.3 tonnes of cocaine in Turbo and recently found another four tonnes stashed in car parts meant for export.
Much of the drug trafficking is controlled by the UrabeÃ±os, a gang which is also known as the Ãsuga clan or Gulf clan.
The gang's boss, Dairo Antonio Ãsuga also known as Otoniel, is one of Colombia's most wanted men.
- Colombia's hunt for elusive drug lord Otoniel
It is not unusual for the UrabeÃ±os to offe r money to get rid of those standing in their way.
In 2012, police found leaflets signed by the gang offering $500 to anyone who killed a police officer.
The vastly bigger sum the UrabeÃ±os are offering for the killing of Shadow is indicative of the financial losses her sensitive nose has caused them.
Sombra has been with the counter-narcotics police force since she was a puppy and is credited with sniffing out drugs leading to the arrest of 245 suspects.
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