Police in Argentina dismissed eight officers after claiming rodents ate more than half a ton of the marijuana in a police warehouse.
According to The Guardian, authorities discovered the disappearance of drugs during an inspection of the police warehouse.
It is for impounded drugs located in the town of Pilar, 60 kilometers outside the country’s capital Buenos Aires.
The cannabis had been in storage for more than two years at the warehouse. But during the inspection, only 5,460 kilograms out of 6,000 kilograms registered remained.
Commissioner Emilio Portero noticed the unsigned inventory for the impounded marijuana by former police commissioner Javier Specia.
Upon learning the incident, Commissioner Portero notified the force’s internal affairs division to inspect the warehouse.
Officers in charge of supervising the site all claimed that the mice ate all the missing narcotics.
However, forensic experts said even a large number of mice could not eat much marijuana. There were also no corpses of critters found in the warehouse.
Authorities accused the officers for not properly protecting evidence. They will also testify in court a month later, determining if the missing marijuana was a result of “expedience or negligence.”
Meanwhile, the former commissioner will face internal police investigation for not submitting his sworn income statement for 2017.