11 customs officers were arrested on Wednesday by Bosnian police and accused of allowing 3,000 tons of coffee to be smuggled into the country. Allegedly, the officers let more than 130 trucks that were transporting green coffee into Bosnia between 2009 and 2011. They declared that the trucks were carrying expanded clay.
A spokeswoman for the police, Kristina Jozic, told reporters “We estimate that they have damaged the state budget to the tune of 4.5 million euros ($5.7 million). A total of 138 trucks crossed the border with three million kilogrammes of coffee that have illegally been placed on the local market. They are suspected of being negligent in performing their duty and of abuse of power.”
This is a big catch in Bosnia, a country that is currently plagued with corruption, but whose local politicians and civil servants are rarely punished for any crimes.