Colombian vet arrested for implanting heroin inside puppies to smuggle to U.S. 

December 19, 2013 4:27 PM

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Colombian vet arrested for implanting heroin inside puppies to smuggle to U.S. 

Andrés López Elorza was arrested in Spain after an eight-year manhunt and is now awaiting extradition to the U.S. In 2005, Colombian police found Rottweiler and Labrador puppies with implanted bags of heroin in their stomachs. The plan was to use the puppies to avoid detection of the drugs and to smuggle the drugs to the U.S.

A Colombian vet who allegedly implanted liquid heroin inside puppies to try and smuggle the narcotics into the U.S. has been arrested in Spain.

Andrés López Elorza, 44, was detained in the northwest city of Lugo this week, where he'd been living a quiet life with his wife, despite an eight-year worldwide manhunt.

Cops claim he surgically implanted plastic bags of the drug into the abdominal cavities of tiny Rottweilers and Labradors at his farm in Medellin, Colombia.

They then sent the animals, once their scars from the surgery were no longer visible, to the U.S.

Police in Colombia, who raided his property in 2005, allegedly found six dogs with drug bags inside their stomachs.

"When we gave the dogs an x-ray we did not detect anything. We did an ultrasound and there you could see the outline of the bags in their abdomens," said Medellin's top cop Ruben Carillo, according to Metro.

"We had never had a similar case," he added, revealing that three dogs died when police tried to retrieve the drugs.

He was finally apprehended, as he walked down a street, in Spain on Tuesday. He now awaits extradition to the U.S., reports El Mundo.


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