Actually, add animals to the latter since a Colombian drug gang has reportedly put a bounty of $70,000 on a drug detecting canine. A recent White House report found the amount of land where peasants and drug traffickers harvest the plant used to make cocaine rose 11 percent in 2017, despite $10 billion in US counter-narcotics work.
Sombra's efforts for law enforcement have twice earned her the Wilson Quintero medal, an honour awarded for critical contributions to the fight against drug trafficking.
Sombra, which is Spanish for Shadow, has found almost 10 tons of the Urabenos' cocaine, which prompted the country's most powerful organized crime regime to put out a hit on the dog.
Sombra now finds shipments of contraband at Bogotá airport. However, she is not totally safe just yet and for this reason, two armed guards transport her, backwards and forwards from her drug-sniffing shift in the airport in a van with tinted windows. Because she has been so successful, she is the topic of tweets and has even been featured on television.
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Sometimes people ask to pose for pictures with the furry officer when they see her on duty in the airport.
"Sombra is a really friendly, calm dog", Oscar Favian Solarte, head of the anti-narcotics division, told El Tiempo.
"She's playful, and in fact that is part of the development of her job".
The threat to Sombra's life was discovered via an intercepted phone call.
The bounty has been issued by the Urabeños, also known as the Gulf clan, and they've been cited by the U.S. Justice Department as the "largest and most influential criminal group in Colombia".