Veterinarian Pleads Not Guilty To Implanting Heroin In Puppies For Drug Ring

DEADogs that were recovered from the clinic in 2006 are

Andres Lopez Elorza was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday, one day after he was extradited from Spain.

A vet has been accused of turning puppies into drug mules by stitching pouches of heroin inside their bellies.

They had the drugs cut out of them when they arrived in the US.

They were then exported to the United States with the smugglers hoping the dogs' pedigrees would help ease their path through customs, the US Drug Enforcement Administration has said.

Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, is now in custory in NY accused of implanting the drug for a Colombian trafficking ring.

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

During the raid, they discovered ten dogs, three of them with three kilograms of heroin implanted inside them.

Richard Donoghue, US attorney for the Eastern District of NY, said in a statement: "Dogs are man's best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers' worst enemy".

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His arrest was part of a 12-year Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.

After his arrival, DEA Special Agent-in-charge James Hunt said that "over time, drug organisations" unqunechable thirst for progit leads them to do unthinkable crimes like using innocent puppies for drug concealment'.

This undated photo shows how liquid heroin was packaged to be surgically inserted into the puppies' bellies.

Elorez faces up to life imprisonment if convicted, USA prosecutors said.

Elorza had been in Spanish custody since 2015.

Lopez Elorez pleaded not guilty to the heroin trafficking charge and is due back in court this June.

Heroina, a rottweiler, was also rescued by the Colombian police force, and has since become a narcotics dog. He was ordered held without bail.

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