Wild boar, or cinghiale, are found in ever-increasing numbers in the Italian countryside, much to the dismay of the country's farmers, motorists, and now drug dealers.
The animals unearthed and broke into a sealed package of cocaine hidden in the Tuscan forest, near Montepulciano, before scattering the contents through woodland, local media reported.
The unconventional drugs bust was discovered when police wiretapped suspected drug traffickers – an Italian and three Albanians – and heard them complain about the damage to their woodland stash.
The drug reportedly came from the nearby city of Perugia before being hidden and peddled around the eastern Tuscan city of Arezzo and further afield.
The gang had reportedly sold two kilos of cocaine in a month before being busted.