Police at a station in India claimed rats had scoffed as much as 500kg of cannabis, seized in two different drug busts.
Officers were instructed by a court in the city of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, to present 386 kilograms of weed following their raids, as it was going to be used as evidence in a case they were set to try.
However, police claimed they were unable to produce the drugs as the shameless animals had eaten the lot.
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The officers claimed they had stored the drugs in police warehouses, which are infested with rats.
"There is no place in the police station where the stored goods can be saved from the rats. The remaining marijuana from the huge consignment was destroyed by officers," the police prosecutor told the court.
"Rats are small animals, and they aren't scared of the police."
Court documents also claimed more than 700kg of the drug was at risk of being damaged by rats – and this isn't the first time rodents have eaten marijuana after it was seized.
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According to a report by CTV, the court judge recalled another incident where rats had similarly eaten more than 500kg of the drug being stored at Shergarh and Highway Police Station.
"There’s a rat menace in almost all police stations. Hence, necessary arrangements need to be made to safeguard the cannabis that’s been confiscated," the court document said.
However, not everyone is convinced by the claim that rodents are behind the disappearance of the drugs.
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Following the court case, Mathura City Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh said the seized drugs were in fact ruined by "rains and flooding", not pests.
He added that the report submitted to the court made no mention of rats at all, casting doubt on the claims.
"There was no reference to rats in the [report]. The police only mentioned that the seized cannabis was destroyed in the rains and flooding," he said.
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