TMZ reports Colombian drug cartels placed a 200m peso (about $70,000) bounty on the head of Sombra, a German shepherd who's just trying to do her job and be a good dog.
Sombra had worked in ports along the Atlantic coast, and recently sniffed out over 11,000 pounds of cocaine in the coastal town of Turbo, and found another 8,800 pounds of it tucked in cars to be exported. Investigators uncovered the threat against Sombra through an intercepted phone call. They say the gang has put out a bounty on the dog's head.
Drug cartels like the Gulf Clan have taken note.
Police say she is accompanied by her usual handler as well as extra officers to improve her safety during her deployments. She will now work in the capital city of Bogota as a drug-sniffing dog at the El Dorado International Airport.
She was redeployed earlier this year to Colombia's main airport Bogotá's El Dorado, considered a safer location as it is outside the area of the gang's influence.
Sombra is also being protected by additional officers in addition to being moved to the Bogota airport, The Daily Telegraph reported. Sombra or "Shadow" has sniffed out nearly 10 tons of drugs in more than 300 operations.
According to a U.S. government report released in June, coca production- the base ingredient for the drug- rose 11 per cent in 2017, has reached an all-time high.
Colombia is considered the world's largest producer of cocaine.
President-Elect Ivan Duque is promising a tougher approach to speed up eradication of the drug, including aerial spraying and the use of drones.
"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 spokesperson said.