A day after his extradition from Spain, 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.
A veterinarian accused of implanting liquid heroin in puppies for a Colombian drug trafficking ring is now in custody in NY.
When the dogs arrived in the United States from Colombia, the heroin was surgically removed from their bodies, prosecutors said.
Elorza, also known as Elorez, was a fugitive for years before he was arrested in Spain in 2015.
Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, is now in custory in NY accused of implanting the drug for a Colombian trafficking ring.
Prosecutor Richard Donoghue said: "Dogs are man's best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers" worst enemy.' Elorza was remanded in custody.
It is believed that the dogs were sent on commercial flights to New York City, where the drugs were cut out of them, authorities said.
AFP GETTY SMUGGLED The packets of liquid heroin found inside the puppies
"Elorza is not only a drug trafficker, he also betrayed a veterinarian's pledge to prevent animal suffering,"Richard Donoghue, for the prosecution, said".
U.S. prosecutors say he sewed the packets of heroin, with a street value of $2m into the abdomens of six puppies.
Three of the rescue dogs later died of infections.
If convicted, Elores could face between 10 years and life in prison.
"Over time, drug organizations' unquenchable thirst for profit leads them to do unthinkable crimes like using innocent puppies for drug concealment", James J. Hunt, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's NY office, said in a statement.
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'.
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