MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – Showing a more exotic way to ruin your career through drugs, a policeman in central Ukraine was charged with stealing 15 kilograms of cannabis confiscated from a drug dealer.
The total haul obtained by drug police in Kirovograd Region from the dealer was 24 kilograms of pot kept in a big plastic drum, local television TSN said.
However, when weighed in the courtroom at the judge’s order, the drum tipped the scales at a mere nine kilos.
Shrinkage from drying was offered by police as the initial explanation, but forensic experts debunked the suggestion.
A subsequent check found that a police officer in charge of storing material evidence caved in to temptation and stole most of the cannabis.
The man tried to cover up his tracks by stuffing hay inside the drum, reports said, without specifying why he did not stuff enough hay to make up for the marijuana withdrawn.
The officer, whose name was withheld, was fired from the force and faces between five and 10 years behind bars over the incident.
It remained unclear where the missing cannabis went.