Five-year-old police dog dies after helping seize huge haul of tainted cocaine

Five-year-old Belgian Shepherd 'Kenia' dies after helping police seize tainted cocaine

A Colombian sniffer dog who died in the line of duty after ingesting poison mixed with a shipment of cocaine has been honoured by police.

Five-year-old Belgian Shepherd Kenia was on qn operation with narcotics agents from the Colombian National Police including handler Alejandro Gutierrez at a port in the Caribbean Sea city of Santa Marta on June 13.

Searching through the shipment, she spotted the drugs – but then returned to the police base, which was located inside the port, falling ill and dying shortly afterwards.

A second trained dog who also took part in the raid fell ill after coming into contact with the toxins, but survived.

Investigators are still analysing the seized substances in order to establish which one caused Kenia’s death.

Kenia was born on June 5, 2018 at the police academy dog breeding grounds in the Colombian province of Cundinamarca.

Graduating from the K-9 academy, she was then trained to detect drugs before being assigned to National Police narcotics agency at the port a few days before her first birthday.

So far she has helped authorities seize in excess of 12 tons of cocaine since being put into service.

A National Police spokesman said: “With honours, we said goodbye to ‘Kenia’ in the Port of Santa Marta, a little dog who gave up her life fighting against drug trafficking during the inspection of a merchandise that was contaminated with cocaine and other highly toxic substances that would have caused her death.”

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The ceremony, staged on Wednesday, came on the same day the Colombian military announced it had stopped searching for Wilson, a two-year-old Belgian Shepherd who on fled from a special forces unit as she helped search for four children who survived a plane crash which killed three adults, including their 34-year-old mother.

Wilson’s pawprints were vital in leading soldiers to the discovery of Lesly Jacombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacombaire Mucutuy, nine, Tien Noriel Ronoque Mucutuy, four, and one-year-old Cristin Neriman Ranoque Mucutuy, who had spent 40 days in the Amazon jungle.

Authorities have also been on alert since over fears that drug traffickers had issued a death threat against nine-year-old Labrador Retriever Killer,, who has helped seize more than 1.5 million doses of marijuana during her seven years of service.

Since then, Killer has been under protection 24 hours a day and is kept inside a cage, watched by an armed soldier.

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