Rats eat evidence in a police building

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rats have gotten into confiscated pot at New Orleans’ aging police headquarters, munching the evidence as the building is taken over by mold and cockroaches, said the city’s police chief.
“The rats eating our marijuana, they’re all high,” Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick told New Orleans City Council members.
The police department did not immediately respond to an emailed request Wednesday for more information on how they discovered marijuana was eaten by rats or whether any cases were impacted.
AP AUDIO: Rats are high on marijuana evidence at an infested police building, New Orleans chief says.
AP correspondent Haya Panjwani reports on rats in the New Orleans police headquarters making their way into some marijuana.
She told council members the conditions are demoralizing to staff and a turnoff to potential recruits coming for interviews.
“The uncleanliness is off the charts,” Kirkpatrick said, adding that it’s no fault of the department’s janitorial staff.
The council’s Criminal Justice Committee agreed Monday to advance the leasing proposal to the full City Council for a vote, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.
Kirkpatrick says the rental agreement would give the department time to come up with plans for a new permanent headquarters.
Harrison said the New Orleans situation isn’t completely shocking since rats are omnivores, and that the rats may experience the same effects from the marijuana as humans, depending on what form it was in.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city’s police chief said that rats have taken a shine to the evidence stored in the abandoned police headquarters in New Orleans, chewing on it while mold and cockroaches take over the building.

Members of the New Orleans City Council were informed by Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick, “The rats eating our marijuana, they’re all high.”.

The New Orleans police have occupied these offices since 1968, and Kirkpatrick detailed rat infestations and decay, stating that officers have even discovered rat droppings on their desks.

An email request for additional information regarding how they learned marijuana was consumed by rats and whether any cases were affected was sent to the police department on Wednesday; they did not immediately reply.

AP Audio: The chief of New Orleans claims that rodents at a police building infested with marijuana are high on evidence. According to AP correspondent Haya Panjwani, rats are getting into some marijuana at the New Orleans police headquarters.

Moves are being made by city officials to relocate the department. When she started her job in October, the police chief has made that her top priority.

According to the chief, when her 910 officers report for duty, the air conditioning and elevators are broken. She informed the council members that the state of affairs demoralizes employees and discourages prospective hires from showing up for interviews.

Kirkpatrick declared, “The filth is off the charts,” and clarified that the department’s janitorial staff was not at fault. Their efforts to clean the uncleanable are commendable and merit an award. “.

The idea to temporarily move police headquarters to two floors of a downtown high-rise building for a 10-year lease at a cost of $7.6 million is being considered by the city council.

According to The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, the council’s Criminal Justice Committee decided on Monday to send the leasing proposal to the full City Council for a vote.

According to Kirkpatrick, the department would have time to develop plans for a new permanent headquarters thanks to the rental agreement.

Although Orkin Pest Control has pest control contracts for some greenhouses that grow marijuana, Ron Harrison, global technical director for the company, told The Associated Press he hasn’t heard of anyone reporting rats eating their marijuana.

Harrison said that since rats are omnivores, the situation in New Orleans isn’t entirely shocking and that, depending on the form of marijuana the rats were given, they might experience effects similar to those of humans.

Harrison stated, “Given our understanding of the rat’s biology and how it’s somewhat similar to us, I would think based on the amount or concentration they take in, it would be somewhat similar to what humans experience.”.

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