Monday, April 26, 2010

Romanian cops booted from Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo, April 23 (UPI) -- Tobacco and alcohol smuggling by 16 Romanian police officers terminated their work in a European Union mission in Kosovo, officials said.

A bus carrying the officers was stopped in Macedonia Tuesday night while en route from Kosovo to Romania, BalkanInsight.com reported.

Authorities found 314 cartons of cigarettes stashed in the vehicle's trunk along with 35 gallons of whiskey, cognac, tequila and vodka, the report said.

The police officers were part of a law enforcement team in the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo run by a European Union operation known as EULEX.

The policemen have been fined and will not return to duty in Kosovo.

Their professional standing in Romania wasn't reported.

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