Feral Pigs Eat And Destroy $22K Worth Of Cocaine Hidden In Italian Forest

Feral Pigs Eat And Destroy $22K Worth Of Cocaine Hidden In Italian Forest

Feral Pigs Eat And Destroy $22K Worth Of Cocaine Hidden In Italian Forest

Wild boar in Italy has no shortage of enemies, from farmers and owners of the vineyards to motorists, but to that long list can now be added drug dealers.

The wild boars found a sealed package of cocaine, ripped it open, and littered its contents across the woodlands.

A gang of dealers in Tuscany was left aghast after discovering that a stash of valuable cocaine they had carefully buried in the woods had been dug up by a herd of snuffling wild pigs. 

With their powerful snouts, the boar managed to break open the waterproof packages in which the cocaine was stored, scattering around €20,000 (£17,000) worth of white powder across the forest floor.

The unusual “bust” drug came to light when police tapped a suspected drug-trafficking gang’s telephones-an Italian and three Albanians.

One of the men has been recorded furiously reporting to a fellow gang member the loss of cocaine, telling him the drugs have been ruined.

It is not known what became of the boars or what effect the cocaine had on them.

All four alleged dealers were subsequently arrested and face charges of drug trafficking. Two were sent to jail while the others were placed under house arrest.

They were allegedly selling around 2kg of cocaine every month at bars and nightclubs in and around the historic city of Arezzo in Tuscany, as well as in nearby Siena and the hilltop town of Perugia, in Umbria.

They stashed the drugs in a forest in valley called Valdichiana, near Arezzo, far from prying eyes, and would return to it from time to time to replenish their supplies.

Italian farmers protested outside parliament against the growing population of wild boar

The investigation was launched after a 21-year-old Albanian, allegedly a dealer, was murdered by an Italian man in May last year.

Wild boar are plentiful in Tuscany, as they are in most other regions of Italy.

Last week farmers from around the country held a protest outside parliament in Rome, calling for a drastic cull of the wild pigs.

Around 1,000 farmers said they faced a “national emergency”, with an estimated two million boar now rampaging through crops, devouring grapes in vineyards and digging up fields.

The population has doubled in a decade, aided by mild winters, a decline in the number of hunters, reforestation and the intensification of crop production, which gives the animals more to eat.

Farmers pointedly tucked into plates of boar stew and held up placards with messages such as “The only good boar is one you find in a bowl of polenta”.

Coldiretti, the national farmers’ organisation, said that boar cause around 10,000 road accidents a year, with 13 human fatalities so far this year and 11 last year.

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