Cruel vet sewed bags of heroin inside live puppies to smuggle drug into the USA
Andrew Lopez Elorez, 39, from Columbia sewed bags of liquid heroin into nine dogs for importation to America.
A vet has been jailed after sewing pouches heroin inside live puppies to smuggle the Class A drug into the United States.
Andrew Lopez Elorez surgically implanted liquid heroin inside live dogs was sentenced to six years in prison on Thursday.
The 39-year-old admitted conspiring to import heroin and will be deported back to his homeland Colombia after his sentence, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York.
Richard Donoghue, a lawyer for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement: “Every dog has its day, and with today’s sentence, Elorez has been held responsible for the reprehensible use of his veterinary skills to conceal heroin inside puppies as part of a scheme to import dangerous narcotics into the United States.”
According to prosecutors, Elorez leased a farm in Medellin, Colombia, between 2004 and 2005.
It was here that he reared dogs and sewed bags of liquid heroin into nine puppies for importation to America.
During a search of the farm in 2005, foreign law enforcement agents seized 17 bags of liquid heroin weighing nearly three kilograms (6.6 lb).
This included 10 bags extracted from the puppies.
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