Venezuelan vet who stuffed puppies with heroin is arrested in Spain

Venezuelan vet who stuffed puppies with heroin is arrested in Spain
By Fiona Tomas
23 June 2015


Puppies were used by Colombian drugs traffickers as mules (AP Photo/DEA)

Spanish police have arrested a vet from Venezuela wanted by the US for trafficking heroin by implanting it in puppies.

Andres Lopez Elorza, 33, who had been wanted by US authorities, was arrested Saturday in the northwestern town of Santa Comba where he had been hiding after he was ordered extradition last month. Police and Colombian authorities discovered three kilograms of heroin implanted in three puppies during a raid on a clinic that the vet ran in 2005.

Lopez Elorza is said to have been a member of drug trafficking gang that used dogs to smuggle liquid heroin from Colombia to the United States. Lopez was arrested in Spain in 2013 but released while his extradition was being considered.

Source: Olive Press