Updated: Tuesday, 26th March 2019 @ 10:03pm

Weird World: Reefer-loving rodents spark US drug police investigation after 'stoner mice' get munchies for cannabis

Weird World: Reefer-loving rodents spark US drug police investigation after 'stoner mice' get munchies for cannabis

By Matt Davies

Reefer-loving rodents have been keeping cops busy after the creatures were found chewing on cannabis in a Kansas police station.

With Greater Manchester Police seizing the highest number of plants in the country, it may come as a surprise to hear that our cousins across the Atlantic are struggling with ‘stoners’ of a different sort.

Police in Wichita, Kansas, reported that three bags of marijuana were found to be tampered with, and after a brief investigation, the culprits were identified as mice.

The cheeky critters were eating the drug in a cop’s evidence storage shed as the ‘small-scale’ operation left several packages torn open, while others disappeared completely.

Through fears of evidence tampering, the cops initially launched a full-scale investigation only to discover their suspects were of the cheese (and apparently pot) loving variety.

Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said the mice were probably attracted to the strong smell of the drug, after the rodents nested in the pot and ate some of it.

“We've got some mice that are stoners,” he told kansas.com.

The bags – originally confiscated in 2009 – have all been resealed and reweighed after officials stuck to protocol and photographed the evidence and the scene.

Marijuana is in the process of being partially legalised in some US states, but Kansas is not among them.

Possessing the drug carries a fine of $2,500 and even a prison term, while selling or distributing the drug can be punishable by a fine of up to $300,000 and several years behind bars.

Having five or more of the plants used to cultivate the drug is considered a felony, which can lead to anything from 12 to 17 years in prison.

The police are hot on the tail of the drug-loving rodents, although they remain at large.

Exterminators have been called in – so the mice might not be on a high for too much longer.

Picture courtesy of Brian_Kellett, with thanks

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