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Eight million fags seized at port

PUBLISHED: 10:33 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

FIVE men have been charged with smuggling after a massive seizure of cigarettes allegedly sneaked into Britain through Felixstowe.

Three Englishmen and two Hungarians were charged with smuggling eight million cigarettes that were discovered in a container which had arrived at the Suffolk port on Monday from India.

FIVE men have been charged with smuggling after a massive seizure of cigarettes allegedly sneaked into Britain through Felixstowe.

Three Englishmen and two Hungarians were charged with smuggling eight million cigarettes that were discovered in a container which had arrived at the Suffolk port on Monday from India.

Hungarian chef Yanosh Zryini, 29, and Zoltan Anosi, a 30-year-old taxi-driver from Hungary, were due to appear before magistrates in Ipswich today on the charges and three Englishmen have been bailed to appear in court at a later date. They are: 41-year-old handyman Roy Locke, of North Road, Tipton, in the West Midlands; Sandr Nyari, 41, and unemployed from Dibble Close, Willenhall, West Midlands, and Steven Roy Fisher, a 31-year-old househusband from Bellview Road, Wolverhampton.

The five charged were arrested at a warehouse in Harold Hill, Essex, on Tuesday.

Two other suspects, a man and a woman, were arrested later the same day at another property.

The suspects were quizzed by Ipswich-based customs officers and five were charged yesterday with trying to dodge tax on the allegedly smuggled cigarettes.

The woman was released without charge and customs officers were due to continue quizzing a sixth man today.

The tax allegedly dodged on the cigarettes totals £1.36 million.

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