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Rats blamed for eating 500 kilograms of cannabis stored by Indian police


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Rats in northern India have been accused of eating hundreds of kilograms of hashish that was confiscated from drug dealers and stored in police warehouses.

A court in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, has indicated after hearing that local police were unable to provide nearly 200 kilograms of confiscated hashish that was supposed to be used as evidence in a recent case.

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The court documents said that the police were asked to provide 386 kilograms of cannabis, but the prosecution told the court that more than 700 kilograms of marijuana stored at various stations across Mathura could be affected by the rat infestation.

And this, it is alleged, was not the first time the rats had been struck. The judge handling the case conveyed that Mathura Police blamed rodents for the destruction of more than 500 kilograms of hashish seized in various cases and stored at Shergarh and the city’s highway police station.

The court then established guidelines for the police to auction off or dispose of the cannabis.

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“There is a risk of rats in almost all police stations. Hence, arrangements must be made to protect the hashish that has been confiscated.”

However, accounts of the exact sequence of events that followed the mice’s alleged consumption of cannabis are a bit hazy.

Speaking after the court case, Mathura City Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh told CNN that the cannabis was “destroyed by rains and floods” and not by rats.

He said, “There was no reference to rats in (the report submitted to the court)…the police only stated that the hashish seized had been destroyed by rains and floods.”

If the Rats were guilty as charged, they might take it easy now. A 2016 University of British Columbia study found that the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana makes lab rats sluggish.

The researchers trained 29 rats to perform an experiment in which the rodents had to choose between a simple or a more difficult task to earn rewards.

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The rats usually choose the hardest – and most rewarding – task, but after being given marijuana, the same rats chose the easier one.

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