Vet held over hiding heroin in puppies


Spanish police said Tuesday they have captured a Colombian vet who tried to smuggle liquid heroin by surgically implanting plastic bags of the drug into live Rottweiler and Labrador puppies.

The fugitive vet, identified only as Andres L. E., was tracked down in the northwestern Spanish city of Lugo after more than eight years on the run.

He is accused of operating on the dogs at his farm in the Colombian city of Medellin.

Colombian police raided his farm in January 2005.

“They seized 3 kg of liquid heroin inside six puppies. The drug was extracted from the dogs, which had been destined for the United States,” the Spanish police said in a statement Tuesday.

The puppies each had one or two plastic bags of about 400 grams of liquid heroin in their abdomens, Medellin police Chief Ruben Carillo said at the time.

“We had never had a similar case for hiding drugs.”