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Austrian police seize cache of garlic

2012-06-27 19:31

Vienna - Perhaps they were trying to keep a horde of vampires at bay.

Austrian police said on Wednesday they had stopped five Romanians on the motorway with overflowing trucks transporting a whopping 9.5 tons ... of fresh garlic.

The five men, aged 25 to 37, could not explain where the pungent bulbs came from or prove the load belonged to them and were charged with transporting stolen goods, the police said in a statement.

Officers caught a whiff that something was amiss when they saw three small trucks with foreign plates obviously filled far over capacity on the motorway near the Hungarian border.

"For that amount of garlic, the men would have needed nine small trucks, not three," said a police officer.

The three drivers were charged with carrying an 80% excess load.

The garlic - valued at €30 000 - was meanwhile confiscated.

The smelly load was believed to come from Spain and was headed towards Hungary, police said.