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Fourteen years ago, the police in Colombia stormed a makeshift veterinary clinic at a farm in Medellín, seizing 17 bags of liquid heroin and rescuing a pack of purebred puppies who were in the process of being stuffed with the drug.
On Thursday, in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, Andres Lopez Elorez, a Colombian national with veterinary training, was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to import the heroin, stitched into the puppies’ stomachs.
The case was another reminder of the lengths drug traffickers will go to in order to transport the illicit product across borders.
Although this is not the first case of a trafficker using puppies as drug mules, it seemed fitting that two floors above the courtroom where Mr. Elorez was sentenced, jurors were deliberating the fate of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin known as El Chapo, who has gained notoriety for his novel smuggling techniques. Testimony from Mr. Guzman’s trial has detailed his systems of transporting drugs on sea vessels, in the bedding of trucks and even hidden in cans of chili peppers.
In fact, one of the prosecutors in Mr. Guzmán’s case, Andrea Goldbarg, headed downstairs on Thursday to listen in on the puppy sentencing.
A prosecutor in the Colombian case, Alicia N. Washington, told the court on Thursday that when law enforcement officials found the puppies — some already filled with heroin and others being prepared for surgery — they tried to remove the balloons from “the dogs that were still alive.”
Three puppies later died, however, after contracting viruses from the emergency operations. (Several of the dogs have since found new homes, including one Rottweiler who is now a drug detection dog for the Colombian national police, and a beagle who was adopted by a Colombian police officer, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.)
Urging the judge to hold Mr. Elorez responsible for “betraying his responsibility as a veterinarian,” Ms. Washington suggested as many as nine years in prison, adding, “Without his skill set these Colombian traffickers couldn’t have done what they did.”
Mr. Elorez, now 39, who pleaded guilty to the conspiracy in September, approached the judge with his hands crossed behind his back. Speaking through an interpreter, he called the five-month span when he rented the farm, raised the puppies and conducted the surgeries a “very difficult time for me.” He added, “They were formative years for me personally and professionally.”
Court proceedings and filings show that Mr. Elorez did not work alone. Mitchell Dinnerstein, his court-appointed attorney, mentioned an unnamed veterinarian “of some influence” in Colombia, who was never been arrested in connection to the conspiracy. That veterinarian, who had ties to drug traffickers, had mentored Mr. Elorez, securing him an internship and stipend and eventually orchestrating the puppy project, Mr. Dinnerstein said.
Mr. Elorez said the mentor did “everything he could professionally to help me out, and also taught me that there was a door I should never open, but unfortunately I did open it.”
Then, on Jan. 1, 2005, the Colombian police stormed the farm in Medellín, seizing the 17 bags of liquid heroin — 10 of which were already implanted in the puppies — totaling almost three kilograms.
Mr. Elorez fled to Spain, using Venezuelan documents and settling in Galicia, where he eventually married and raised two children. He eluded authorities until 2015, assisting veterinarians and undergoing a “total transformation,” according to his attorney.
“I know I cannot justify my actions,” Mr. Elorez told the judge. “Because I have made mistakes.”B:
【林】【生】【在】【经】【历】【了】【龙】【血】【淬】【体】【后】，【获】【得】【过】【一】【个】【特】【别】【的】【技】【能】。【他】【可】【以】【用】【自】【己】【的】【身】【体】【去】【融】【合】【某】【个】【植】【物】【的】**，【从】【而】【获】【得】【这】【种】【植】【物】【的】【特】【殊】【能】【力】。 【当】【林】【生】【成】【功】【破】【坏】【了】【召】【唤】【仪】【式】【的】【瞬】【间】，【大】【量】【的】【血】【肉】【精】【华】，【正】【好】【落】【在】【了】【他】【的】【身】【上】。【这】【些】【血】【肉】【精】【华】【虽】【然】【是】【老】【鱼】【人】【用】【邪】【恶】【的】【手】【段】【所】【提】【取】【出】【来】【的】，【但】【其】【本】【身】【却】【属】【于】【最】【精】【纯】【的】【能】【量】。 【感】【受】【到】
“……”【还】【能】【对】【你】【做】【什】【么】【啊】！【大】【姐】…… 【吴】【江】【也】【愣】【了】。【年】【影】【之】【笑】【弯】【了】【腰】，“【怎】【么】，【你】【身】【上】【有】【会】【不】【对】？【是】【多】【一】【块】【还】【是】【少】【一】【块】？【想】【找】【人】【负】【责】【吗】？” 【吴】【江】【听】【了】【清】【咳】【了】【一】【声】，【解】【释】【说】【明】【着】：“【我】【们】【是】【在】【那】【个】【沙】【地】【找】【到】【你】【的】，【找】【到】【你】【的】【时】【候】【周】【围】【没】【有】【人】【只】【有】【你】【躺】【在】【那】【里】。【然】【后】【我】【们】【就】【把】【你】【带】【走】【了】，【放】【在】【这】【里】【你】【一】【直】【没】【有】【醒】。【我】
“【老】【奴】【没】【胡】【说】。” 【李】【婆】【子】【心】【知】【自】【己】【既】【已】【暴】【露】，【如】【今】【想】【要】【保】【命】【唯】【有】【老】【实】【交】【代】【一】【切】。 “【大】【少】【夫】【人】【答】【应】【给】【老】【奴】【的】【女】【儿】【找】【个】【好】【人】【家】，【以】【此】【要】【求】【老】【奴】【为】【她】【办】【事】，【在】【世】【子】【妃】【的】【饭】【菜】【里】【下】【药】。【老】【奴】【一】【时】【鬼】【迷】【心】【窍】，【才】【做】【下】【了】【这】【等】【糊】【涂】【事】。【无】【颜】【为】【自】【己】【分】【辨】，【但】【求】【郡】【王】【妃】【和】【世】【子】【妃】【万】【莫】【牵】【连】【娟】【娟】…” 【娟】【娟】【就】【是】【她】【女】【儿】，【现】【在】【已】九龙心水内部公开【遥】【遥】【听】【得】【一】【愣】【一】【愣】，【被】【打】【鸡】【血】【的】【感】【觉】。 “【其】【实】，”【小】【草】【说】，“【听】【说】【以】【前】【有】【个】【姐】【姐】【叫】【小】【花】，【但】【很】【早】【就】【死】【了】，【病】【死】【了】，【大】【壮】【哥】【为】【此】【很】【悲】【伤】，【都】【说】【我】【遇】【着】【大】【壮】【哥】【的】【时】【候】【跟】【瘦】【猴】【一】【样】，【特】【别】【虚】【弱】，【大】【壮】【哥】【怕】【我】【像】【小】【花】【姐】【那】【样】【就】【没】【了】，【所】【以】【取】【名】【小】【草】，【希】【望】【我】【能】【挺】【过】【去】。【结】【果】【我】【真】【的】【挺】【过】【来】【了】，【大】【难】【不】【死】【必】【有】【后】【福】！” 【小】【草】
【三】【族】【老】【的】【孙】【子】【早】【些】【年】【便】【娶】【了】【妻】【子】，【还】【纳】【了】【无】【数】【房】【的】【小】【妾】。 【但】【是】，【在】【妻】【子】【生】【下】【嫡】【子】【后】【多】【年】【也】【未】【有】【所】【出】。 【他】【跟】【钟】【离】【飞】【燕】【就】【这】【么】【一】【晚】【上】，【就】【让】【钟】【离】【飞】【燕】【有】【了】【身】【孕】。 【这】【让】【一】【些】【焦】【急】【的】【族】【老】【们】【心】【思】【不】【由】【得】【活】【跃】【了】【起】【来】。 【无】【论】【如】【何】【这】【个】【孩】【子】【也】【不】【能】【出】【事】。 【于】【是】【在】【钟】【离】【祥】【瑞】【快】【要】【出】【关】【之】【前】，【这】【些】【族】【老】【们】【联】【合】【给】【大】【族】
【陆】【瑾】【寒】【笑】【道】：“【如】【果】【你】【喜】【欢】【的】【话】，【我】【们】【也】【可】【以】【去】【国】【外】【啊】。” 【沈】【潇】【潇】【摇】【摇】【头】，【却】【笑】【道】：“【我】【觉】【得】【比】【起】【国】【外】，【我】【还】【是】【更】【喜】【欢】【国】【内】，【而】【且】【乡】【下】【挺】【好】【的】。” 【陆】【瑾】【寒】【愣】【了】【一】【下】，“【乡】【下】？” 【沈】【潇】【潇】【点】【头】【道】：“【是】【啊】，【我】【打】【算】【把】【心】【理】【咨】【询】【师】【留】【给】【沈】【露】【他】【们】，【反】【正】【沈】【露】【现】【在】【也】【跟】【苏】【瑞】【在】【一】【起】【了】，【他】【们】【两】【个】【很】【厉】【害】，【撑】【起】【一】【个】
【老】【族】【长】【此】【刻】【的】【表】【情】，【可】【以】【说】【是】【愣】【愣】【的】。 【这】【没】【办】【法】【啊】。 【实】【在】【是】【孔】【羽】【话】【中】【的】【内】【容】，【实】【在】【是】【让】【老】【族】【长】【太】【过】【震】【撼】【了】。 “【没】【错】。”【孔】【羽】【点】【头】【道】。 “【孔】【羽】，【你】【不】【会】【是】【被】【骗】【了】【吧】？【那】【可】【是】【天】【道】【审】【判】【啊】。” 【老】【族】【长】【喃】【喃】【说】【道】：“【而】【且】【这】【还】【是】【大】【千】【世】【界】【的】【天】【道】【审】【判】，【除】【非】【拥】【有】【和】【天】【道】【对】【等】【的】【力】【量】，【否】【则】【谁】【能】【解】【除】？”
“【白】【鸽】!”【我】【眼】【中】【金】【火】【暴】【涌】，【轻】【声】【念】【道】。 【右】【手】【掌】【心】【中】【燃】【起】【的】【金】【焰】【开】【始】【翻】【腾】，【最】【后】【变】【幻】【成】【一】【只】【火】【鸟】，【静】【静】【呆】【立】【于】【我】【手】【心】【之】【上】。 “【我】……【成】【功】【了】?”【看】【着】【手】【心】【中】【呆】【立】【着】【的】【金】【色】【火】【鸟】，【我】【面】【露】【诧】【异】，【不】【可】【置】【信】【的】【说】【道】：“【为】【什】【么】【会】【如】【此】【轻】【松】，【就】【感】【觉】【像】【小】【时】【候】【玩】【泥】【巴】【一】【样】，【是】【那】【么】【的】【得】【心】【应】【手】……” “【心】【境】【已】【清】，