Rats blamed for eating through 1.3 million joints' worth of marijuana in India
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Police in India have accused rats of stealing nearly 200 kilograms (about 441 pounds) of marijuana - enough to roll 1.3 million joints - which was confiscated and stockpiled in local districts in Mathura.
Mathura police were asked to produce about 386 kilograms (about 850 pounds) of marijuana as evidence in a separate case, but prosecutors told a court in Uttar Pradesh that more than 500 kilograms (about 1,543 pounds) were found at various stations in kept around the city could be affected by a rat infestation.
"Rats are small animals and they are not afraid of the police," the court said, according to CNN.
Judge Sanjay Chaudhary said police had no way of dealing with the rats because they were "too small".
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He then proposed auctioning off the marijuana to research labs and medical companies to protect the confiscated items from "fearless mice," with the proceeds going to the government, the BBC reported.
“There is a rat threat in almost all police stations. Therefore, the necessary precautions must be taken to protect the cannabis seized,” the court documents said.
The rat infestation claim was further muddled when Mathura City Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh told CNN after the trial that the marijuana was "destroyed by rain and flooding" and not by rodents.
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"There was no reference to rats in the [report presented to the court]...the police only mentioned that the cannabis seized was destroyed by rain and flooding," Singh said.
This isn't the first time rodents have been blamed for the disappearance of marijuana.
Eight police officers in Argentina were fired in 2018 after alleging mice stole half a ton of marijuana from a police storage facility. Experts told The Guardian that the rodents could not have mistaken the drug for food and "if a large group of mice had eaten it, many bodies would have been found in the warehouse."
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