Ukrainian crew of cigarette-smuggling freighter to present their plea on June 21

Six Ukrainians arrested on Saturday by the Greek coast guard onboard on a Tanzania-flagged cargo ship which carried 1,557,200 contraband cigarette packs, were given time by a prosecutor until June 21 to prepare their plea.

The vessel “Golendri” had left from Bar in Montenegro, and was heading to Tobruk, Libya, when it was located by Greek authorities sailing south of Sfakia, Crete. The coast guard operation caught the crew and accomplices as they had started unloading the cargo in smaller boats.

The freighter was towed to Heraklion port, where it remains today.