Argentinian police claim mice ate drugs
Eight Argentinian police officers have been dismissed after claiming that more than half a ton of marijuana that disappeared from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.
The cannabis had been in storage in a warehouse for impounded drugs in the town of Pilar, 60km outside the capital, Buenos Aires. But an inspection revealed that of the 6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg were found.
Suspicion fell on the city’s former—police commissioner Javier Specia, who had left the inventory for the impounded marijuana unsigned when he left his post in April 2017. His replacement, commissioner Emilio Portero, noticed the shortfall and notified the force’s internal affairs division.
Called before Judge Adrián González Charvay, Specia and three of his subordinates all offered the same explanation: officers the dmt missing have narcotics been called had to been testify “eaten by mice”, they said. The before the judge on 4 May. The judge will seek to determine if the missing marijuana was the result of “expedience or negligence”.
Specia also faces an internal police investigation into why he has not yet presented his sworn income statement for 2017.