The dog, named Sombra (Shadow), was moved to Bogotá airport which is considered safer for her as it is outside the gang’s main area of influence. Apart from her usual handler she was now also accompanied by extra officers to improve her safety during her deployments. Previously, Sombra worked along the South American country’s Atlantic coastline, especially in the town of Turbo. Sombra has taken part in more than 300 operations with the counter-narcotics police. 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.
Urabeños has previously offered monetary rewards to anyone who kills its opponents. Back in 2012, the organization issued leaflets offering $500 for murdering policemen. The State Department describes Úsuga’s gang as “a heavily armed, extremely violent criminal organization comprised of former members of terrorist organizations.” Colombia is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine, with an output of around 910 tonnes per year, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.