A number of Argentina cops have been dismissed after they claimed that half a ton of cannabis which had vanished from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.
According to the Guardian, 6,000kg of cannabis had been stored at a police impound warehouse in Pilar for around two years. But when this was checked recently only 5,460kg was found - meaning 540kg had somehow disappeared.
Former police commissioner Javier Specia was suspected of knowing something about the missing drugs, as he had previously left the inventory for the marijuana unsigned when he stepped down from his post in April last year, meaning the difference in weight wasn't spotted.
However, the discrepancy was noticed by Specia's replacement, the current police commissioner Emilio Portero, who told the police internal affairs division.
Following an investigation, Specia and three members of his team were hauled up before Judge Adrián González Charvay. When questioned, they all said the same thing: that the missing cannabis had been 'eaten by mice', the Guardian reports.
Experts were called on, who told the court that it was unlikely that even a large number of rodents would have been able to much their way through so much weed in that space of time and that if they had the warehouse would have been littered with dead mice.
A spokesperson for Judge Charvay 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 corpses would have been found in the warehouse."
But, local media did report that some of the 'bricks' of cannabis appeared to have been gnawed at or bitten by mice.
The officers will now have to testify before the judge on 4 May and it will be left down to him to decide if the missing drugs is due to 'expedience or negligence'.