Veterinarian smuggles heroin in puppies' stomachs for drug trafficking ring: Cops

03 May, 2018, 20:22 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Veterinarian Charged With Smuggling Heroin Inside Puppies

Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, is now in custory in NY accused of implanting the drug for a Colombian trafficking ring.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration said on Tuesday that Andres Lopez Elorza was awaiting a court appearance in Brooklyn.

"Over time, drug organizations' unquenchable thirst for profit leads them to do unthinkable crimes like using innocent puppies for drug concealment", said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge James Hunt.

US Marshals were spotted escorting the vet to a black vehicle after he arrived at JFK Airport in NY in a green hoodie that covered his handcuffs.

It is believed the dogs were sent on commercial flights to NY, where the drugs were cut out of them.

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

A 2005 raid in Colombia found 10 dogs to be used as drug couriers who were rescued, but many puppies died in the operation, it said.

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A vet from Colombia has been charged in Brooklyn for illegally smuggling narcotics into the U.S. by surgically implanting packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of puppies.

Elorez fled to Spain after the 2005 and hid there for years until his arrest in 2015. Five ended up running away, three died from infection and two were adopted, including one that became a drug-sniffing dog for Colombian police, officials said.

Elorez's public defender on Tuesday said he has "psychiatric issues", including depression, and "kidney problems".

Richard Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of NY, said in a statement: "Dogs are man's best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers' worst enemy". "I think a lot of this is stress-related", Mitchell Dinnerstein said.

If he is convicted, he faces up to life behind bars.

Lopez Elorza was ordered held without bail.

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