Andres Lopez Elorza, 38, is currently in custory in New York accused of implanting the drug for a Colombian trafficking ring.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) charged Elorza with conspiring to import and distribute heroin into the US in court on Tuesday.
As he was remanded in custody by Judge Marilyn Go, US attorney Richard Donoghue told the court: ‘As alleged in the indictment, Elorza is not only a drug trafficker, he also betrayed a veterinarian’s pledge to pevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies.’
‘Dogs are mans’ best friend and, as the defendant is about to learn, we are drug dealers’ worst enemy.’ Venezuelan Elorza was arrested in Spain in 2015 but extradited to the US on Monday.
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