Britons visiting N.C. mistaken for terrorists

December 17, 2008 7:34:46 AM PST
Two Britons returned home after spending almost a month in North Carolina jails.

The pair was jailed after bringing two air-gun silencers into the country as a gift for a hunting buddy.

Federal officials released Garry Latcham and George Hope after they pleaded guilty to a felony charge failing to declare the $55 silencers on U.S. customs forms.

The men traveled from England to North Carolina in November for a week of hunting with a friend in Person County.

They were arrested when they went to the Raleigh-Durham International Airport to pick up a lost bag, which contained the silencers.

Customs agents thought the men were terrorists, but federal prosecutors later admitted to a judge they were vacationers with no criminal intentions.


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