Criminals who make ridiculous claims are often humorous to hear about. Such a situation occurred recently in Pilar, Argentina when eight police officers conspired to steal a substantial amount of marijuana.
When they were caught, however, they had the audacity to blame the missing drugs on mice, claiming that rodents had broken into police evidence. Unsurprisingly, when they appeared in court, the judge did not believe the tale and even had an expert rule out the possibility. They were, of course, fired.
Prior to the crimes, 13,000 pounds of marijuana filled the police storage unit. However, an inspection revealed that 1,000 pounds had gone missing at some point, and eight police officers were suspected in its disappearance.
When questioned about the missing drugs, former police commissioner, Javer Specia, could only come up with the reason that mice were to blame for the unaccounted marijuana and that the rodents must have eaten a half ton of drugs.
Despite the claim being ridiculous and highly unlikely, the judge entertained the possibility momentarily and called in an expert witness from Buenos Aires University to determine if it were at all probable.
Unfortunately for the officers, the experts reported that “rodents wouldn’t confuse marijuana with food,” and if they had, many would have died from eating such an amount, and the police force “would have found the cannabis-laden corpses.”
The officers involved were immediately terminated from their positions on the force and “will testify in front of a judge on May 4.” At which time, the missing drugs will either be determined to be “missing due to ‘expedience or negligence.’”
Arguably, even if the marijuana was somehow ‘misplaced,’ the officers still failed to do their job by protecting the community from it.
While marijuana would not have killed anyone except for an extremely hungry mouse, if the situation pertained to much more dangerous drugs, like fentanyl, for example, many lives could have been lost due to their negligence.
The 13,000 pounds or approximately 6,000 kilograms had been at the police warehouse for reportedly two years. However, Specia was immediately suspected, as in April 2017, he failed to sign off on all of the drug stash still being there.
After another commissioner, Emilio Portero, took on the position some time later, he noticed that the supply was less than it was recorded to be.
The officers in the case were undoubtedly foolish for thinking even momentarily that they were going to get away with such a large amount of drugs going missing. However, it is even more obvious that they were likely directly responsible, as the officers all provided the same ridiculous excuse.
Also indicative that Specia was leading the crime ring is that he is reportedly also “under investigation for not yet filing a sworn income statement for last year.”
Again, this situation could have turned tragic had the substance in question been more serious. However, it is, of course, disturbing to see the personnel who are supposed to be enforcing the law instead breaking it themselves, and in this case, likely distributing drugs to the local community.
It is still one of the more humorous recent crime stories, however, is not the only of its kind which shows the often erratic behavior of criminals.
Earlier in April, a Florida woman was caught during a traffic stop with a small supply of cocaine her purse. When questioned about the possession, the woman, Kennecia Posey claimed that the drugs “must have flown through the window” and subsequently into her bag.
Obviously, police did not buy the story and Posey was arrested. She was also reportedly swerving at the time of the incident, indicating that she was intoxicated.
However, she also blamed that on the weather, along with the marijuana scent which was also present in the vehicle.
In another incident involving a vehicle, in March, a Connecticut man faced a court hearing for a stolen car. He appeared to address the crimes, however, he drove the stolen car to the courthouse that day, providing authorities evidence of the crime along with an admission of guilt.
As for the eight officers in Argentina, they are thankfully no longer able to steal police contraband. However, the force may wish to consider a different system for securing such substances, as the monetary benefit in stealing it is apparently too great for some individuals to resist.
While evidence is often kept for years, it may be time to consider destroying illegal drugs after they are properly recorded to ensure that they do not find their way into the wrong hands.