In a most disturbing case of animal cruelty and drug trafficking, Andres Lopez Elorez, a Colombian veterinarian pleaded guilty to sewing liquid heroin bags into the bellies of purebred puppies. Elorez appeared in federal court on Friday in New York City.
According to a press release by the United States Department of Justice in Brooklyn,
“Elorez and his co-conspirators, based in Colombia, smuggled heroin into the United States using various methods to conceal narcotics from law enforcement, including the surgical implantation of liquid heroin into the bellies of puppies. When the puppies arrived in the United States from Colombia, the heroin was surgically removed from their bodies. Between September 8, 2004 and January 1, 2005, Elorez and his co-conspirators imported one kilogram or more of heroin into the United States. Elorez was extradited from Spain to the United States in May 2018.”
During his court appearance, Elorez acknowledged using the puppies as his drug mules and conspired with an experienced veterinarian to bring drugs into the United States knowing what he was doing was wrong and a crime. One Drug Enforcement official stated it was the “most outrageous method of smuggling.”
Once the operations to the puppies was completed, they were shipped to the United States and when the heroin was removed surgically from the stomachs of the puppies, most died.
“As alleged in the indictment, Elorez is not only a drug trafficker, he also betrayed a veterinarian’s pledge to prevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue stated.
Elorez faces a mandatory prison sentence of ten years.
Rest in peace little puppies.
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