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200 kg of seized cannabis was eaten by rats, says Indian police

200 kg of seized cannabis was eaten by rats, says Indian police

200 kg of seized cannabis was eaten by rats, says Indian police

200 kg of seized cannabis was eaten by rats,

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  • Nearly 200kg (440lb) of cannabis seized from dealers was destroyed by rats, Indian police said.
  • A court ordered them to turn up the cache as evidence in drug trafficking charges.
  • Police auction seized drugs to research labs and medicine firms for sale to the government.
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Nearly 200kg (440lb) of cannabis was seized from dealers and kept in police stations when it was destroyed, according to Indian police, who blamed rats.

“Rats are tiny animals and they have no fear of the police. It’s difficult to protect the drug from them,” a court in Uttar Pradesh state has said.

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The police were asked by the court to turn up the cache as proof in drug trafficking charges.

The judge identified three instances where rodents destroyed marijuana.

When the court asked the police to present the narcotics they had confiscated as evidence, they claimed that 195kg of cannabis had been “destroyed” by rats, according to Judge Sanjay Chaudhary’s order.

In another case involving 386kg of the drug, the police filed a report saying “some” of the cannabis was “eaten up by the rats”.

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Judge Chaudhary said some 700kg of marijuana seized by the police was lying in police stations in Mathura district and that “all of it was under danger of infestation by rats”.

He said the police had no expertise in dealing with the matter as the rats were “too small”. The only way to protect the seized goods from “such fearless mice”, he added, was to auction the drugs to research labs and medicine firms, with the proceeds going to the government.

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MP Singh, a senior police official of Mathura district, told reporters that some of the marijuana stored in police stations under his vicinity had been “damaged due to heavy rains” and not destroyed by rats.

Eight police officers in Argentina were discharged in 2018 after they attributed the theft of 500 kg of cannabis from a police storage on mice.

Experts, however, refuted the assertion, stating that it was improbable that the animals would mistake the medication for food and that many carcasses would have been discovered in the warehouse if a sizable number of mice had consumed it.

According to a study from 2019, laboratory rats given bread laced with cannabis “tended to become less active and their body temperature also was decreased.”

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A year after the sale and drinking of alcohol was outlawed in the state of Bihar in eastern India, authorities blamed rats for devouring thousands of liters of alcohol that had been seized.

When technicians were sent to mend a broken cash machine in the state of Assam in 2018, they discovered that currency notes worth more than 1.2 million rupees ($14,691; £12,143) had been destroyed. Rats were thought to be the culprits.

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