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Sat Apr 14 11:18:10

Argentinian officers fired after claiming mice ate half a ton of missing marijuana

Eight police officers claimed mice ate the cannabis, but forensic experts explained that mice would not mistake the drug for food

Wed 11 Apr 2018 17.14 BST

Eight Argentinian police officers have been dismissed after claiming that more than half a ton of marijuana which disappeared from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.

The disappearance of the drugs was discovered during an inspection of a police warehouse for impounded drugs in the town of Pilar, 60km outside the capital city of Buenos Aires.

The cannabis had been in storage there for two years. But of the 6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg were found.

Suspicion fell on the city’s former police commissioner Javier Specia, who had left the inventory for the impounded marijuana unsigned when he left his post in April 2017.

His replacement, commissioner Emilio Portero, 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 had been “eaten by mice”, they said.

But forensic experts told the court they doubted even a large number of rodents could have eaten so much marijuana.

“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,” 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 “expedience or negligence”.

Specia also faces an internal police investigation into why he has not yet presented his sworn income statement for 2017.

Sat Apr 14 12:14:37
Only fired? No criminal charges? Totally worth it then.
Sun Apr 15 08:23:47
More drug stories:


Julian Turner, a collector of retro video games, went to a market earlier this month and bought some old NES games. When he got home, he discovered that he’d got more than he paid for: two of the cartridges were packed with illegal drugs.

The two games in question were Rollergames and Golf. Alarm bells started ringing when Julian realised that the copy of Rollergames was a PAL (Europe/Australian) version, which isn’t something you’d see every day at a flea market in Georgia.

After then noticing the cartridges felt heavier in the hand, Turner weighed them on digital scales and found both games were around 50% heavier than they should have been (he had other copies of both games on-hand to compare).

So he unscrewed the backs of both games to investigate, opened them up and found four shiny plastic bags. After opening those, he...called the cops.

(I’ve asked the attending officer for information on exactly what kind of drugs were in the bags, but am waiting to hear back).

We actually get a chance to see all this happen in realtime in the video below, since Turner often films his pick-ups:

Officers from Newnan Police Department answered the call to come investigate (you can see them visiting in timelapse in at the end of the video), and also checked out the market at which the games were bought, but it was clear this wasn’t a fresh transaction; those drugs had been in there a while if they’d found their way to a market.

Interestingly, while poking around his circumstances online, Julian learned of another copy of Golf that a collector had found to be stuffed with $5000 in bills dating back to 1985.

Have we stumbled, 30 years later, on the remains of an old Golf-related drug smuggling ring operating between the United States and Europe in the 1980s, which these specific carts somehow found their way out of?

I wonder how that happened. Maybe there was an innocent mix-up at some drug dealers home, whose kid already owned a copy of Golf. Which then led to a tense 1986 standoff at Brussels airport, as a burly man with a thick moustache opened a NES game expecting drugs and instead found...a NES game.

Meanwhile these drugs have just been chilling inside old cartridges for 30 years, waiting for Julian to open them...
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