However, 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.

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It remains unclear whether indeed the seized drugs were destroyed by the rodents or there is more to it than meets the eye as was the case in Argentina two years ago.

According to the Guardian, eight Argentinian police officers were dismissed after claiming that more than half a ton of marijuana which disappeared from a police warehouse had been eaten by mice.

Forensic experts told the court they doubted even a large number of rodents could have eaten so much marijuana. The cannabis had been in storage for two years but of the 6,000kg that had been registered, only 5,460kg were found.

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