It’s said that the average dog has a sense of smell 1,000 times greater than we puny humans. But Sombra, a German Shepherd police dog with the Colombian National Police, doesn’t have your average canine sniffer.
In fact, Sombra (Spanish for “Shadow“), is so adept at sniffing out cocaine, she has a price on her head somewhere between $7,000 and $70,000 — dead or alive — courtesy of the Urabeños gang, also known as the Gulf Clan cocaine cartel.
As it turns out, the Urabeños aren’t just some tweaked-out cokers armed with straight razors and a couple of 9mm Berretta knock-offs.
According to the Canadian government, the Urabeños are an AUC (United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia – Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia), that is until all AUCs were disbanded slightly more than a decade ago.
Highly trained, heavily armed, and more than slightly violent, they’ve placed a reward out for whoever can take Sombra out of commission.
While their is quite a difference in the lowball and highball of the reward offered on Sombra, it’s understood down South America way that of amount offered isn’t open to the general public.
The Washington Post notes;
Reports vary on the price tag for killing the dog, between 20 and 200 million Colombian pesos — or about $7,000 and $70,000 in U.S. currency. But the threat is serious enough for the National Police to take extra precautions for Sombra’s security.
“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 representative told the Telegraph.
In the meantime, Axios is reporting on some of Sombra’s crime busting highlights;
What’s going on: Over her career, Sombra, working with the Colombian police, has pointed the way to more than two tons of cocaine.
- Sombra is skilled at airports, where she has contributed to a reported 245 drug-related arrests.
- In one case, she found five tons of cocaine hidden among bananas on their way to Europe.
- In another, she found 170 pounds of the drug hidden within machinery.
That record has naturally ignited the ire of the Gulf Clan, so in January, police shifted her duties. Now Sombra sniffs out illicit cargo at El Dorado Airport in Bogota. When she goes off duty, she often has two police guards.
Jose Rojas, her handler, tells the AP: “Her sense of smell is far beyond that of other dogs.”