Indian police claims that rats are responsible for eating 500 kg of stored cannabis
By: April Carson
In northern India, rats have been nibbling on and consuming hundreds of kilograms of cannabis recently uncovered and seized by the police from local drug dealers.
A local court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh noted with disappointment that local police were unable to produce almost 200 kilograms of confiscated cannabis that was supposed to be used as evidence in a recent case. The court went on to say that rats must have eaten the evidence, as they are small animals and not scared of the police.
The local police have since confirmed that rats were responsible for eating around 500 kilograms of the stored cannabis, which is estimated to be worth several million rupees. This serves as a reminder of the importance of properly storing evidence and maintaining tight security in order to prevent such losses from occurring.
The police had been asked to provide 386 kilograms of cannabis, but the prosecution flagged that more than 700 kilograms of marijuana stored in various stations across Mathura could be impacted by the rat infestation. The police then conducted an inspection and found that indeed 500 kilograms of cannabis had been eaten by rats.
This wasn't the first time the rats had done this if the allegations are to be believed. According to Mathura police, more than 500kg of cannabis seized in various cases and stored at Shergarh and Highway Police Station have been destroyed by these rodents. The judge hearing this case cited them as one of the main sources for why so much evidence has gone missing.
In order to ensure the safety of the cannabis, The court then laid down guidelines for the police on how to auction or dispose of it. "Rats are present in almost all police stations and they could potentially cause damage. All measures should be taken to protect the confiscated cannabis," said Court document.
The court also directed the police to take appropriate measures for storing and preserving the confiscated drugs in accordance with the directives issued by the Supreme Court.
The accounts of exactly what transpired after the rats purportedly ate cannabis are fuzzy.
After the court case, Mathura City Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh told CNN that the cannabis had been “destroyed by rains and flooding”—not rats, as was previously assumed.
"The (report submitted to the court) made no mention of rats...the police only said that the confiscated cannabis was ruined by rainfall and flooding," he explained.
The rats might now be taking it easy if they are guilty as charged. A 2016 study by the University of British Columbia found that marijuana made lab rats lazy. They had “reduced motivation to seek rewards,” according to the authors.
In this study, researchers gave 29 rats a choice between an easy or more challenging task to receive rewards. The lab rats exposed to THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol—the psychoactive part of marijuana–were “less likely to switch to the more difficult but more rewarding task.”
Without marijuana, the rats usually picked the more complicated but also more satisfying task. However, after being given marijuana, they chose the less demanding activity instead.
This seems to suggest that the rats might have been so slothful due to their drugs of choice, and may have decided that helping themselves to 500 kg of cannabis was easier than going out in search of food.
However, some speculated that this is a case of police trying to cover up their own negligence in safeguarding the confiscated drugs. Whatever the truth is, it certainly serves as a reminder of the risks that come with substance abuse.
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