Spain arrests Venezuelan for smuggling drugs in puppies

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Posted: Jun 23, 2015 7:39 AM

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a Venezuelan veterinarian wanted by the U.S. for allegedly trafficking heroin by implanting it in puppies.

A Civil Guard spokeswoman said 33-year-old Andres Lopez Elorza was arrested Saturday in the northwestern town of Santa Comba where he had been hiding after the National Court authorized his extradition last month.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations.

Police said Tuesday Colombian authorities discovered 3 kilograms of heroin implanted in three puppy dogs during a 2005 raid on a clinic the vet ran in Medellin.

The statement said the vet and others used dogs to send liquid heroin from Colombia to the United States.

Lopez was arrested in Spain in 2013 but released while his extradition was being considered.