Ar­gen­tinian po­lice claim mice ate drugs

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - Uki Goñi

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.

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