Addicted rats. When police inspectors in Pilar, Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, were recently questioned about the disappearance of 540 kg of marijuana from the evidence room, they explained that addicted rats ate it all!
Commissioner Emilio Portero relieved his partner Javier Specia, as head of the police department in Pilar, a town located 60 km from the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Protocol dictates that in the case of such a transfer of command the officer, who was transferred out of there, must sign a sort of inventory of everything left in the hands of his successor. Although the inventory was allegedly conducted, it was never signed by Specia, and Portero became suspicious. He notified the Division of Internal Affairs of the Police, and they sent the National Gendarmerie to conduct an official inventory.
After checking everything in the evidence room, the National Gendarmerie reported that of the 6,000 kg of marijuana mentioned in Specia’s paper of transfer, 540 kg were missing. Judge Adrián González Charvay opened an investigation and cited Commissioner Javier Specia and three of his subordinates to testify about the missing drugs. Interestingly, they all offered the same alibi that ‘the 540 kg of marijuana had all been consumed by rats’.
After conducting another investigation into their claims Internal Affairs didn’t find any evidence that might suggest that the rats were indeed responsible for the disappearance of such a large quantity of drugs.
“The drugs were in a state of absolute dryness, since they were in storage for about two years, which forced us to investigate if a rodent invasion could have eaten so much marijuana, but the experts consulted concluded that that was very unlikely because if it had happened, the mice would have died, and no animal carcasses were detected in the room,” investigators said in a statement.
The lack of evidence regarding a rat infestation, and Commissioner Specia’s conveniently missing signed inventory statement for last year, convinced the judge to go ahead with the case. So far, no disciplinary action was taken against them, but Specia and his subordinates are being prosecuted.