Illegal tobacco seized

GNR police seized more than 475,000 cigarettes inside a van aboard the ferry Vólcan de Tijarafe at the Portimão harbour on December 12.

The van, four suitcases and two bags belonging to three passengers, one Colombian and the other two Moroccan, were also seized and the suspected smugglers identified.

The ferry, which had arrived from  Madeira Island, contained a total of 477,800 cigarettes from brands such as Marshall, Duke and Respect.

Police estimate the total value of the cigarettes to amount to more than €80,000. Investigations into this case continue.