Eight police officers were fired after claiming in court, mice ate more than half a ton of cannabis, which had gone missing.
When 540 kilograms of confiscated marijuana disappeared from a police warehouse after two years of being stored, the officers from Buenos Aires, Argentina alleged cheeky mice had eaten every single gram of it.
This means the rodents would have gobbled up over 1,000 pounds worth of weed!
When police carried out an inspection of the warehouse – which is located in the town of Pilar – they discovered, out of the 6,000 kilograms registered, only 5,460 kilograms was actually there.
According to The Guardian, suspicion fell on the city’s former police commissioner, Javier Specia, as he hadn’t signed the inventory for the confiscated drugs when he left his position in April, 2017.
It was actually his replacement, commissioner Emilio Portero, who noticed the mistake and drew attention to Specia, notifying the police force’s internal affairs division of his error.
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After they carried out the inspection, Specia and three of his subordinates were ordered to court.
All four offered the same strange explanation as to why the marijuana was missing, telling Judge Adrián González Charvay it’d been ‘eaten by mice’.
Forensic experts were quick to debunk the officers’ claim, telling the court they doubted even a large number of mice couldn’t have eaten so much weed.
Sorry folks to tear down the images in your brain of little stoned mice.
A spokesperson reportedly told the court:
Buenos Aires University experts have explained mice wouldn’t mistake the drug for food, and if a large group of mice had eaten it, a lot of corpses would have been found in the warehouse.
Being swiftly dismissed from the force, the four officers have been called to testify in court on May 4.
Former commissioner Specia also faces an additional internal police investigation into why he’s not handed in his sworn income statement for 2017.
If it is one big lie, people are clearly running out of intelligent excuses and turning to the strange and bizarre when it comes to crime.
Only last month 26-year-old Kennecia Posey was arrested on drug possession charges saying the cocaine found in her purse must have flown in via the window.
As reported by Local 10 ABC, Posey was found with separate bags of marijuana and cocaine in her purse, after a stop search by police in Fort Pierce was initiated when they got a whiff coming from her vehicle on March 21.
Although she owned up to owning the marijuana, it was a different story when Posey was asked about the cocaine.
She reportedly told officers:
I don’t know anything about any cocaine. It’s a windy day. It must have flown through the window and into my purse.
Booked into the county jail on one count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanour count of marijuana possession, Posey was later released on bond.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.