Police in India have claimed rats ate nearly 600kg of cannabis after a court demanded that the material seized be used as evidence during a trial of people charged with drug smuggling.
Police in Mathura, in the country’s northern region, told judges that 581 kg of the drugs had disappeared from two storage rooms.
The confiscated loot had reportedly been lying there for over four years after six suspected drug smugglers were stopped on a highway in 2018 and 2019 and their drugs were seized in two shipments.
Prosecutor Ranveer Singh claimed the drugs were eaten by rodents and “could not be manufactured”.
“There is no place in the police station where the stored goods can be saved from the rats. The rest [cannabis] from the huge shipment was destroyed by officials,” the prosecutor informed the court.
Prosecutors said the rodent infestation was an impossible problem to deal with. A similar case occurred in 2017 when officials claimed 45kg of marijuana was eaten by the cheeky pests.
Another similar incident earlier this year, when police in neighboring Bihar claimed rodents had drunk almost a million liters of alcohol stored in storage rooms.
“Because the rats are small, they are not afraid of the police, nor can the police be considered experts in solving the problem,” prosecutors said.
The smugglers are currently on trial for drug trafficking, a process that can take years – or even decades – in the Indian justice system.
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