Madrid - Spanish police said on 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 LE, 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 3kg 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 on Tuesday.
The puppies each had one or two plastic bags of about 400g
of liquid heroin in their abdomens, Medellin police chief Ruben Carillo told
AFP at the time.
"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," he said.
"We had never had a similar case for hiding
After the Colombian police raid, the US called on police
forces worldwide to detain him on suspicion of drug smuggling.