Four held in tobacco fraud probe after Ashford raids

Four men have been arrested by customs officers investigating a suspected £16m tobacco fraud and money laundering.

Three of them were arrested after four properties near Ashford were searched on Tuesday by 50 officers, assisted by Kent Police and the UK Border Agency.

A fourth man was arrested after attending HM Revenue and Customs offices (HMRC) the following day.

The men aged 53, 42, 31 and 25, were later released on bail pending further inquiries.

Investigators said the arrests were part of a long-running inquiry into the smuggling and illegal sale of hand-rolling tobacco.

Twelve people were arrested in July as part of the same investigation.

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