Eight Argentinian police officers have been fired after blaming mice for the disappearance of half a ton of cannabis from a police warehouse.
They claimed rodents had eaten the stockpile after it was discovered missing during an inspection at the warehouse for impounded drugs in Pilar, 60km away from Buenos Aires.
Around 6,000kg of cannabis had been stored there for four years, but only 5,460kg was found.
Former police chief commissioner Javier Specia was hauled before a judge along with three of his subordinates, but they all claimed the drugs had been “eaten by mice”.
However, scientists at Buenos Aires University cast doubt on the claim.
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“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.
The four police officers will testify before the judge on May 4.