Authorities announced Thursday that the veterinarian who implanted liquid heroin bags in puppies and sent them for importation to New York was sentenced to six years in prison.
Andres Lopez Elorez has pleaded guilty to conspiring to import heroin into the US as part of Colombian drug trafficking scheme. Elorez raised dogs in his Medellin's farm in Columbia then surgically implanted bags of the liquid heroin, and sent them on commercial flights to New York City where they were killed to retrieve the drug.
Law enforcement searched the vet's farm and found 17 bags of heroin including 10 bags recovered from puppies. Three of them died while at least two had a better life: One became a drug detection dog, and the other was adopted by a police officer.