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Four men arrested for smuggling

FOUR men were arrested at Edinburgh Airport after customs officers discovered 80,000 cigarettes in their hand luggage and suitcases.
The men, aged between 30 and 45, had flown into the airport from Fuerteventura via Madrid on Wednesday.

Each had cases packed with boxes of cigarettes and had no other luggage, such as clothing, with them.

The cigarettes have an estimated street value of £18,000 and a duty loss amounting to around £14,000.

After questioning by HM Revenue & Customs officers, the men were charged with the illegal importation of cigarettes.

All four of the men were UK passport holders but three lived in Fuerteventura and the other in Dublin.

Colin Fraser, senior detection manager with UKBA at Edinburgh Airport, said:

"The cigarettes were intended for the UK black market but we can't say whether they were intended for sale in Edinburgh." [news.scotsman.com]