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Woman fined for refrigerant smuggling

ROMANIA: On Thursday (November 17) Romanian border police stopped a vehicle in Siret near the border with Ukraine and found it to be carrying six cylinders of refrigerant. 

The vehicle was registered in Ukraine and driven by a 26-year-old woman with dual Romanian/Ukrainian citizenship who had no supporting documents. The cylinders were also non-refillable and illegal in the EU.

The driver was charged with the crime of transporting and transiting dangerous substances and preparations and fined 5,000 leu (€1,000). The car, valued at 40,000 leu (€8,000), was impounded pending further investigation. 

While the police photos have been pixelated to obscure the cylinders’ labelling, the colour suggests they contained R134a.

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