Puppies used as drug mules by vet
A VET who implanted bags of liquid heroin inside Labrador and Rottweiler puppies for transport to the United States has been arrested in Spain.
Andres Lopez Elorza (44), from Colombia, had been on the run for eight years after police in Colombia broke up a trafficking ring that used puppies to smuggle the class A drug into America.
Six puppies were discovered on a farm near the city of Medellin. They had undergone surgery for the implantation of bags containing 400 grams of liquid heroin within their abdominal cavities.
The dogs were due to be flown to the US once the surgical scars had healed over. Three of the animals died during the process to remove the drug.
"When we x-rayed we did not detect anything. We did an ultrasound and there you could see the outline of the bags in their abdomens," said police chief Ruben Carillo.
The US called on police forces worldwide to detain the vet on suspicion of drug smuggling.
Last July a gang of South American drug dealers were busted after sending 48 dogs that had been forced to swallow packages of cocaine to Milan. (© Daily Telegraph, London)