My DH always buys me People magazine when he does the shopping (bless him). My current wip uses drug smuggling as the backdrop crime behind the hero & heroine's romance, so I've done quite a lot of research on Colombian drug traffickers and hard drugs in general (having no idea!!) The police officers in Fife are used to answering all sorts of dumb questions from me LOL, and hopefully won't arrest me next time I go back to the UK.
But I was horrified by the latest mules. God, these people have no souls.
Dealers Hid Drugs in Puppies: Feds
Thursday Feb 02, 2006 10:00am ESTBy Stephen M. Silverman
CREDIT: DEA / AP
Ten puppies, including Labrador retrievers, were rescued during a 2005 raid on a farm in Colombia, the Drug Enforcement Administration said while announcing the 30 arrests, the Associated Press reports.
Investigators believe the ring used the dogs, as well as humans (who swallowed the drugs), to cloak millions of dollars in liquid heroin on commercial flights into New York for distribution on the East Coast. Drugs apparently also were concealed in body creams, aerosol cans, and the linings of purses and luggage.
As for the pups, a veterinarian had stitched a total of three kilograms of heroin into the bellies of six of them. Three later died from infections once the drugs were removed. It is not known how many dogs in all were used in the scheme, or what their fates were after they made their "deliveries," said John Gilbride, head of the DEA's New York office.
"I think it's outrageous and heinous that they'd use small, innocent puppies in this way," he said.