Albanian police have stopped 27 people from Syria, Iraq and Sudan trying to cross the country toward Western Europe.
A statement Wednesday said police arrested three Albanians who were paid 600-1,200 euros ($675-1,350) per migrant, promising to take them to European Union countries. They face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.
The migrants were coming from a camp in Thessaloniki, in neighboring Greece, and had crossed through a mountainous area to get into eastern Albania.
The migrants, including 12 minors, have been taken to a camp for emergency care before they are turned back to the country they came from.
Albania has not been a major transit route for migrants through Europe so far, though small groups have tried crossing it to reach its northern neighbors. [AP]