- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Venezuelan veterinarian has been charged by Spanish authorities with smuggling nearly seven pounds of heroin inside a group of puppies.

Andres Lopez Elorza, 33, was arrested Saturday in Santa Comba, a source within the Civil Guard told CBS Tuesday. Mr. Elorza had been hiding in the town since his extradition was ordered by a court in May.

Police said that 6.6 pounds of heroin was implanted in three puppies found during a 2005 raid of a clinic he ran in Medellin, Colombia, CBS reported. Mr. Elorza was part of a drug ring that used dogs to traffic liquid heroin from Colombia to the U.S., authorities said.

The source said that the veterinarian has lived in Spain for eight years and was working for two companies at the time of his arrest.

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