Veterinarian accused of smuggling heroin in puppies to New York City

Columbian Vet Who Smuggled Heroin In Dogs Extradited To The US

Columbian Vet Who Smuggled Heroin In Dogs Extradited To The US

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) charged Elorza with conspiring to import and distribute heroin into the US in court on Tuesday.

A Brooklyn federal court in the United States heard details on Tuesday (US local time) of a drug trafficking group that used puppies to transport packets of liquid heroin.

When the puppies arrived in the US, the heroin was surgically removed from their bodies.

Puppies found after DEA agents arrested 21 people in Colombia charged with smuggling heroin into the United States, the agency announced February 1, 2006.

Andres Lopez Elorza became a fugitive in 2005 when two dozen suspected drug traffickers in Colombia were arrested.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said: "Dogs are man's best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers' worst enemy".

Back in 2004 and 2005, Elorez was part of a twisted trafficking ring that implanted packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of Labs and other breeds and then sent them on commercial flights to the Big Apple, authorities say.

Veterinarian Accused of Sewing Heroin Into Puppies to Smuggle Drugs Into US Extradited to New York
Prosecutors: Vet performed surgery to turn puppies into drug mules

"Over time, drug organisations' unquenchable thirst for profit leads them to do unthinkable crimes like using innocent puppies for drug concealment", the head of the DEA's NY division, James Hunt, said.

United States prosecutors say he sewed the packets of heroin, with a street value of $2m into the abdomens of six puppies.

During the raid, they discovered ten dogs, three of them with three kilograms of heroin implanted inside them.

He was eventually caught in 2015, living in the town of Santa Comba in northwestern Spain.

One basset hound was adopted by a Colombian National Police officer while a Rottweiler named Heroina became a drug detection dog for Colombian authorities.

If convicted on conspiracy charges, he risks spending at least 10 years and potentially life behind bars.

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