Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring

DEAPellets containing narcotics are

DEAPellets containing narcotics are

Prosecutor Richard Donoghue said: "Dogs are man's best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers" worst enemy.' Elorza was remanded in custody.

His indictment report alleges that Elorza was involved in the drug trafficking ring between September 2004 and January 2005, during which time he stitched packets of heroin into the bellies of Labrador retrievers that were sent on commercial flights to NY.

A veterinarian from Colombia was charged with illegally smuggling narcotics into the United States by surgically implanting packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of puppies, USA prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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

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

Andres Lopez Elorez was arrested in Spain on a U.S. warrant and extradited to the United States on Monday.

A Colombian veterinarian is accused of implanting heroin in puppies to smuggle drugs into the United States.

He was finally busted in Spain in 2015 and had been fighting extradition in the European Court of Human Rights ever since.

His court-appointed lawyer told Magistrate Marilyn Go that Elorza had "certain psychiatric issues" as well as some kidney problems.

There was no immediate information on a USA attorney who could comment on his behalf. "I think a lot of it is stress related".

The 38-year-old, who was born in Colombia and claims Venezuelan citizenship, pleaded not guilty and was ordered held.

As a result of his detestable crimes, prosecutors state that Elorza faces up to life in prison if convicted of the federal charges placed against him, including conspiring to import and distribute narcotics among others.

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