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CrimeVet sentenced for implanting heroin in puppies as drug mules

22:16  07 february  2019
22:16  07 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A veterinarian is accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies to turn them into drug mules for a Colombian trafficking ring. His arrest was part of a 12-year Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. If convicted on conspiracy charges, he risks spending at least 10 years and potentially

The eight other purebred puppies discovered in the makeshift veterinary clinic , where large packets of liquid heroin were surgically implanted into the folds of skin along their bellies, suffered grave consequences. The targeted drug organization also used human drug mules .

Vet sentenced for implanting heroin in puppies as drug mules© The Associated Press FILE - This 2005 photo provided by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials shows puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use by a U.S. veterinarian working for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorez used the puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, where the heroin packets were eventually cut out of the puppies, who died in the process, officials said. Elorez, who pleaded guilty in September 2018 to conspiring to import heroin into the United States, received a 6-year sentence on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP, File)

NEW YORK — A veterinarian who surgically implanted liquid heroin in puppies on behalf of Colombian drug traffickers was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday.

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A Colombian vet who allegedly performed surgery on puppies to use them as drug mules , has been extradited to the US after more than 10 years on the Andres Lopez Elores is accused of “surgically implanting ” capsules of liquid heroin into the dogs’ abdomens in his homeland before sending them

He’s one sick puppy . A Colombian drug trafficker who twisted his skills as a veterinarian to turn innocent pooches into veritable drug mules was Back in 2004 and 2005, Elorez was part of a twisted trafficking ring that implanted packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of Labs and other breeds and

One of the puppies went on to become a drug-detection dog named Heroina.

The sentence for Andres Lopez Elorez was announced in Brooklyn by U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue and other law enforcement officials.

Elorez, who pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to import heroin into the United States, was part of a scheme that turned puppies and dogs into drug couriers by stitching packets of liquid heroin into their bodies.

The U.S. government said Elorez leased a farm in Medellin, Colombia, where he secretly raised dogs and surgically implanted bags of liquid heroin in nine puppies for importation.

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NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors say a Colombian veterinarian surgically implanted packets of liquid heroin into puppies ' abdomens before sending the Prosecutors said Elores sewed packets of liquid heroin into the bellies of puppies in Colombia, and when the dogs arrived in the U.S. the drugs

Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used the puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, where the NEW YORK (AP) — A veterinarian pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. charges that he turned puppies into drug couriers for a Colombian trafficking ring

On Jan. 1, 2005, law enforcement searched the farm and seized 17 bags of liquid heroin, including 10 bags that were removed from puppies.

Three of the puppies died after contracting a virus following the surgeries.

The Colombian-born Elorez was a fugitive until he was arrested in Spain in 2015; he was extradited to the United States in May 2018.

At least two of the puppies went on to a better existence.

Donna, a beagle, was adopted by a Colombian police officer and his family. Heroina, a Rottweiler, was trained by Colombian police to be a drug detection dog.

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