U. S. Based Veterinarian (from Spain) Indicted for Use of Puppies in Drug Transport

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.

 

*No doubt your president will be tweeting about this, and taking credit for the conclusion. A U. S. veterinarian has been indicted after he was accused of surgically inserting bags of liquid heroin into the stomachs of little puppies. 

Andres Lopez Elorza was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday, one day after he was extradited from Spain. In an attempt to evade detection, Elorza, 38, and his team of drug lords, used small dogs and humans to transport drugs from Colombia to the United States.

Authorities said once the animals arrived, the drugs were removed.

It’s unclear how many dogs were subjected to the procedure, but investigators were able to save six pooches in 2005.

According to the Daily News, a basset hound was adopted by a Colombian National Police officer while a Rottweiler named Heroina became a drug detection dog for Colombian authorities.

Elorza, also known as Elorez, was born in Colombia but claims Venezuelan citizenship. He had been a fugitive for years before he was arrested in Spain in 2015.

Mitchell Dinnerstein, Elorza’s court-appointed lawyer told Magistrate Marilyn Go that his client had “certain psychiatric issues” as well as some kidney problems. He added, “I think a lot of this is stress-related.” 

Elorza pleaded not guilty and was ordered held.

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue (who probably owns a dog) nipped it in the bud when he said, “Dogs are mans’ best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers’ worst enemy.”

Drop the mic. 

 

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