Vet implanted heroin in puppies for Colombia drug ring: feds

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Puppies rescued from a farm in Colombia destined for use by a U.S. veterinarian working for a Colombian drug trafficking ring. | U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

NEW YORK — A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in New York.

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

Lopez, who is Venezuelan, was arrested in 2015 in Spain. He was extradited to the U.S. on Monday.

U.S. authorities say Lopez stitched packets of heroin into the bellies of Labrador retrievers and other breeds sent on commercial flights to New York City. They say the packets were then cut out of the puppies, who died in the process.

Ten puppies were rescued during a 2005 raid on a farm in Colombia.

There was no immediate information on a U.S. attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, according to officials. | U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

Veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza used puppies to smuggle packets of liquid heroin on commercial flights to New York City, according to officials. | U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via AP

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