19/12/2013 06:12 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 01:38 GMT

Vet Who Surgically Implanted Heroin In Live Puppies Is Arrested

A vet who surgically implanted packets of liquid heroin in the bodies of live puppies has been arrested.

The Colombian man – named by Spanish police as Andres L. E. - had been on the run for eight years before he was detained earlier this week in Galicia, Caracol Radio reported.

Colombian police raided the man’s Medellin farm back in 2005 and found 6.6lb of liquid heroin inside six Labrador and Rottweiler puppies, believed to be destined for the United States.

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A 2005 raid on the man's farm found six live puppies with packets of liquid heroin stitched into their bodies (file picture)

Police chief Ruben Carillo told AFP at the time the puppies each had one or two plastic bags of 1lb of liquid heroin in their abdomens.

Carillo said: “When we gave the dogs an X-ray we did not detect anything. We did an ultrasound and there you could see the outline of the bags in their abdomens.”

The drugs were safely removed from the dogs' bodies.

DEA Special Agent John Gilbride said of the 2005 bust: “The organisation’s outrageous and heinous smuggling method of implanting heroin inside puppies is a true indication of the extend that drug dealers will go to make their profit.”

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