Four Police Officers have been sacked for claiming that 360kg of marijuana was missing from a Police store was eaten by rats.
Experts counter that Rats would not mistake Indian hemp for food.
The missing of the drugs was discovered during an inspection of a Police store for impounded drugs in the town of Pilar, 60km outside the capital city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The cannabis had been in storage for two years before it was discovered to be less than the number of kilograms initially registered there.
6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg of marijuana were found.
Javier Specia, City’s former Police commissioner, was the first suspect to be caught because he had left the inventory for the impounded marijuana unsigned when he left his post in April 2017.
Commissioner Emilio Portero who was later replaced noticed the shortfall and notified the Force’s internal affairs division, who inspected the warehouse.
Called before Judge Adrián González Charvay, Specia and three of his subordinates all offered the same explanation: the missing narcotics had been “eaten by mice,” they said.
“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 dead rats would have been found in the warehouse,” said a spokesperson for the judge.
The four Police officers have been called to testify before the judge on 4 May. The judge will seek to determine if the missing marijuana was the result of “experience or negligence.”