Friday 26 May 2017

Vet arrested for implanting heroin inside puppies bound for US

Four of the puppies that were surgically implanted with liquid heroin by Mr López Credit: AP/Getty Images
Four of the puppies that were surgically implanted with liquid heroin by Mr López Credit: AP/Getty Images

David Kearns

A Venezuelan vet who surgically inserting bags of liquid heroin into puppies being transported to the US has been arrested.

Spanish police caught Andrés López Elorza (33) in the north-western town of Santa Comba following an extensive search after a Spanish court ruled he could be extradited to the United States to stand trial for drug trafficking.

The vet was a member of a drug-trafficking gang that used dogs to send liquid heroin from Colombia to the United States.

Police said Colombian authorities discovered 3kg of heroin implanted in three puppies during a 2005 raid on a clinic Mr López tan in Medellín, the second-largest city in Colombia.

He was arrested in Spain in 2013 but released while his extradition was being considered.

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