In one of the most hilarious and ridiculous stories about corrupt law enforcement officers you’ll ever hear, eight members of a Buenos Aires police force have been fired after claiming that mice ate half a ton of marijuana from a police warehouse.
- Did they think they weren’t going to get caught? The impounded marijuana, which had been stored at a facility 60KM outside of Buenos Aires in the town of Pilar for two years, was discovered to be missing during a routine inspection. While 6,000 kg of mary jane was registered, only 5,460kg was found. Uh oh!
- So where did it go? Former police commissioner Javier Specia, who left the post in April 2017, apparently left the log for the seized drugs unsigned, and it wasn’t until his replacement, commissioner Emilio Portero, noticed the discrepancy that the jig was suddenly up.
- Blame it on the mice. Specia was called before a judge along with three officers that worked under him at the time, and all of them told the same story: they had no idea what happened to the weed because they didn’t take it. In fact, they’d bet money on mice having eaten it. Yes, they seriously claimed that mice ate more than 500kg of marijuana.
- Experts called their bluff. Experts said that even if the warehouse had a massive infestation of mice, there’s no way they could’ve worked their way through that much weed. “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,” a spokesman for the judge said in a statement, according to The Guardian.
- Unsurprisingly, the officers involved lost their job. While the investigation is ongoing as to whether the loss of the marijuana was due to “expedience or negligence,” the eight officers involved in the case have been fired from their jobs. That’s probably a good thing.