Puppies used as heroin "mules"
(CNN) — A two-year investigation into a Colombian heroin ring netted more than 65 pounds of drugs, resulted in the arrests of more than 20 people and saved the lives of some drug-smuggling Labrador retrievers, the Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.
Ten wayward pups were found during a raid on a Colombian farm in 2005, and six of them were carrying more than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of liquid heroin in their stomachs, said DEA spokesman Rusty Payne.
In the case of the puppies found during the 2005 raid, the dogs’ bellies had been cut open, and heroin packets were stitched into their stomachs, Payne said. The pups, mostly purebred Labrador retrievers, were sewn back up and prepared for shipment to the United States, he added.
This is absolutely vile! I demand that Congress and the President move immediately to criminalize the possession and trafficking of heroin! Oh, wait…
“The organization’s outrageous and heinous smuggling method of implanting heroin inside puppies is a true indication of the extent that drug dealers go to make their profit,” said Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride in a written statement.
“The United States’ cruel and unusual punishment of criminalizing addiction to heroin and futile attempts to prevent its importation create the profit motive that immoral entrepreneurs will go to any extent to realize,” said “Radical” Russ in a written statement.