Feral boars destroy $35k worth of cocaine found in Italian forest

Feral boars destroy $35k worth of cocaine found in Italian forest
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A pack of wild boars have sniffed out, snorted and destroyed an enormous stash of cocaine worth £17,000 (NZ$34,300) in a major blow to a criminal syndicate.

The gang was reportedly dealing around 2kg of the drug every month in the Italian city of Arezzo. In order to protect their stash, they are believed to have buried a large quantity in the Tuscan countryside outside the city.

Unfortunately, this wasn't enough to protect the powder from the curious snouts of the wild boars.

They dug up the cocaine and binged on it, leaving cocaine strewn across the Valdichiana valley.

Police found out about the drug-taking hogs after listening in to a telephone conversation between the alleged criminals, where the hapless villains were heard blaming and berating the boars.

The wiretapped phone call led to the arrest of three Albanians and an Italian. It's unclear how the boars dealt with their comedown.

The drug dealers aren't the only ones to complain about the animals wreaking havoc.

Around two million boars are estimated to roam Italy, according to president of the farming association, Coldiretti Ettore Prandini.

"It is no longer just a question of compensation but a matter of personal safety and it must be resolved," he said, according to Metro.

"Ministries and leaders of regions and municipalities must act in a concerted manner to draw up an extraordinary plan without administrative obstacles, otherwise the problem is destined to get worse."

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