Eight in court after heroin house raids

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Eight people appeared at Craigavon Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on heroin charges after searches at a number of local properties the previous day.

With the exception of one defendant, they were remanded in custody to appear again at Craigavon Courthouse, with most due in court tomorrow (Friday).

The defendants are: Nuno Pinheiro (29), Montague Street, Portadown, who faces seven charges of possessing and supplying heroin on dates between January 19 and February 29 this year. He is due to return to court tomorrow (Friday).

Hugo Duarte, also of Montague Street, faces eight charges of possessing and supplying heroin on dates between November 2, 2015 and January 26, 2016.

He is also charged with damaging an electronic tag belonging to G4S on February 29 this year. He is due to appear in court tomorrow (Friday).

Amy Hunniford (22), Beechcote, Avenue, Portadown, is charged with three counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin on January 13, 26 and 30 this year.

She was remanded on bail to appear in court again on March 23.

Floyd Hobson, The Glebe, Portadown, is charged with 16 counts of possessing and supplying heroin on various dates between November 11, 2015 and January 30, 2016. He is due in court tomorrow (Friday).

Glen Carroll (31) of Navan Cottages, Armagh, faces nine charges of possessing, supplying and being concerned in the supply of heroin on dates between November 2, 2015 and December 7, 2015.

He is due in court tomorrow (Friday).

Marco Nicolou (36), of Churchill Park, Portadown, is charged with six counts of possessing and supplying heroin on dates between December 14, 2015 and December 23, 2015. He will appear in court on April 5.

Helder Azevedo (52) of Hanover Street, Portadown, is charged with six counts of supplying and possessing on dates between November 28, 2015 and January 9, 2016.

He is due to appear in court tomorrow (Friday).

Paulo Santos (40), of Toberhewney Lane Lower, Lurgan, is charged with 21 counts of supplying and possessing heroin and cannabis, being concerned in the supply of heroin, possessing heroin with intent to supply and possessing a class C drug, Subutex. The offences took place on dates between November 16, 2015 and February 29, 2016.

He is due to appear in court again tomorrow (Friday).

A 45-year-old man arrested as part of the operation was released on police bail pending further enquiries.