On Tuesday, Colombian authorities apprehended a Venezuelan veterinarian wanted in the United States for trafficking heroin that was stuffed inside the bodies of puppies. The vet was attempting to smuggle drugs between Colombia and the U.S.
According to a spokeswoman with the nation’s Civil Guard, Andres Lopez Elorza, 33, was taken into custody on Saturday in the town of Santa Comba, in the northwestern region of Colombia. Elorza had been evading police after the National Court allowed his extradition in May.
Colombian authorities found three kilos (6.6. pounds) of heroin stuffed into the bodies of three puppies during a raid on his vet office in 2005. The Medellin clinic was a transfer point for liquid heroin trafficked by a local drug gang to transport to the U.S.
Elorza had reportedly been living in Spain since 2007 without any additional instances involving drug smuggling. He was arrested in 2013, but was released following the considering for his extradition for his previous crimes.
This is yet another sad instance when dogs have been used to smuggle heroin and other drugs. In 2006, puppies stuffed with heroin were found by DEA agents during a major drug sting in the U.S.
By Alex Lemieux
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