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Duo from Northern Ireland held by Dutch in probe over smuggling

By Staff Reporter

Two men from Co Armagh and one from Holland have been arrested as part of an international investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Dutch Customs into suspected money laundering and tobacco smuggling frauds.

Dutch Customs officials searched a residential premises and two business addresses in Etten Leur and Rotterdam, while HMRC and the PSNI searched properties in Armagh and Tyrone.

Thirty kilos of hand rolling tobacco, 50,000 cigarettes, all believed to be illicit, computers and more than €317,000 (£265,000)in cash were seized during the search operations here and in the Netherlands.

Dutch investigators arrested the three men.

They were interviewed and remain in custody.

Investigations into the frauds are ongoing.

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