The main defendant of a criminal network involved in indecent exposure, facilitation of illegal immigration and possession of forbidden firearms and ammunition, uncovered by the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service and operating in the Municipality of Castro Daire, was sentenced to nine years and eight months imprisonment.
The other 4 defendants were all sentenced to imprisonment penalties between 1 year and 5 months, and 4 years and 6 months, following trial at the Judicial Court of Lamego in December 2012.
SEF’s investigation, which lasted just over a year and a half and implied two inspection actions, various house, vehicle and establishment searches, surveillance, telephone tapping, examination of about fifty witnesses, the seizing of firearms and ammunition, among others, was able to produce conclusive evidence of the crimes of indecent exposure, facilitation of illegal immigration and possession of forbidden firearms and ammunition, most of which perpetrated against victims of foreign nationality.
The main defendant has remained in house prison during the final months of the investigation, whilst the criminal activity continued in a small night club as a highly profitable business by exploiting foreign women in degrading condition and resorting to other criminals who were used as “straw men” and who actively collaborated in the exploitation of the victims.
In the course of the criminal proceedings several firearms where seized, amongst which a 9mm revolver, as well as a large volume of ammunition, while SEF sealed the premises where the criminal acts were took place.