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Rats at a police building in New Orleans have been eating marijuana that was seized as evidence, according to the city's police chief

Rats have accessed confiscated marijuana at the old police headquarters in New Orleans, consuming the evidence as the building is plagued by mold and cockroaches, stated the city's police chief.

Rats have entered confiscated marijuana at the old police headquarters in New Orleans, consuming the evidence as the building suffers from mold and cockroaches, stated the police chief of the city.

Police Superintendent Anne Kirkpatrick informed members of the New Orleans City Council that the rats consuming the marijuana are all intoxicated.

Kirkpatrick discussed the presence of vermin and deterioration at the offices that have accommodated New Orleans police since 1968, mentioning that officers have even discovered rat droppings on their desks.

The police department did not immediately reply to an emailed request on Wednesday for more details on how they found out that rats had eaten marijuana or whether any cases were affected.

City officials are working to relocate the department to a new space, which has been a priority for the police chief since she took office in October.

The chief mentioned that her 910 officers encounter issues such as broken air-conditioning and elevators at work. She informed council members that the conditions are discouraging for staff and unattractive to potential recruits attending interviews.

“The level of uncleanliness is extremely high,” Kirkpatrick remarked, stating that it's not the fault of the department’s janitorial staff. “They should be recognized for attempting to clean what is nearly impossible to clean.”

The city council is considering a proposal to invest $7.6 million in a 10-year lease to temporarily move the police headquarters to two floors in a downtown high-rise building.

The council’s Criminal Justice Committee agreed on Monday to move the leasing proposal to the full City Council for a vote, as reported by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

Kirkpatrick mentions that the lease agreement would provide the department with time to develop plans for a new permanent headquarters.

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