Colombian vet accused of sewing heroin into imported pups' stomachs

Lynn Cook
May 3, 2018

While the heinous acts were committed 12 years removed, USA authorities extradited Colombian veterinarian Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, from Spain; where he appeared in a Brooklyn court Tuesday (May 1) and plead not guilty to smuggling drugs in the bellies of puppies.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) charged Elorza with conspiring to import and distribute heroin into the US in court on Tuesday.

"Over time, drug organizations' unquenchable thirst for profit leads them to do unthinkable crimes like using innocent puppies for drug concealment", said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent-in-Charge James Hunt. When the dogs arrived in the U.S. the packages were surgically removed.

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His indictment report alleges that Elorza was involved in the drug trafficking ring between September 2004 and January 2005, during which time he stitched packets of heroin into the bellies of Labrador retrievers that were sent on commercial flights to NY.

Andres Lopez Elorza was arraigned Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court on an indictment charging him with surgically implanting liquid heroin into the bellies of young dogs.

. Investigators believe the puppies would have died in the process, but it was unknown how many were involved.

A startled Andres Lopez Elorez, 38, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to import and distribute heroin, a day after he was extradited to the USA from Spain.

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A 2005 raid in Colombia found 10 dogs to be used as drug couriers who were rescued, but many puppies died in the operation, it said.

His court-appointed lawyer told Magistrate Marilyn Go that Elorza had "certain psychiatric issues" as well as some kidney problems. He was ordered held without bail. "I think a lot of it is stress related".

"Dogs are mans" best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers' worst enemy'.

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U.S. officials say Elorez was part of a Colombian-based conspiracy from September 2004 to January 2005 that smuggled heroin into the United States using various methods to hide the narcotics from detection.

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