After the disappearance of 540kg of marijuana from a police warehouse, officers decided to blame rodents.
Eight Argentinian police officers were fired after claiming more than half a ton of marijuana had been devoured by mice.
A police warehouse in Pilar, 60 km outside of Buenos Aires, was being inspected when the plants were found to be missing.
6,000kg of marijuana had been stored there for 2 years, but upon inspection, only 5,460kg were found.
Javier Specia, the city’s former police commissioner, was the immediate suspect. He had left the inventory for the impounded plants unsigned for when left his job in 2017.
Standing in front of Judge Adrián González Charvay, Specia and 3 of his subordinates all said the missing marijuana had had been “eaten by mice”.
orensics experts told the court that mice would not have considered that particular plant a source of food.
“Buenos Aires University experts have explained that mice wouldn’t mistake the drug for food, and that if a large group of mice had eaten it, a lot of corpses would have been found in the warehouse,” said a spokesperson for the judge.
Specia also faces an internal police investigation into why he has not yet presented his sworn income statement for 2017.