Heroin problem in Portuguese community in town court hears

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

There was quite a problem with heroin in the Portuguese community in Portadown, Craigavon Court was told last Friday.

Victor Torres (41), Thomas Street, admitted possession of a class A drug, heroin, on April 20.

The court heard that during a search of a house in Thomas Street they asked Torres if he had any controlled drugs and he said only what was on the table.

The powder found by the police was heroin with a street value of £50. Torres made a full admission.

A defence solicitor said the drug was for his own use. He added that Torres had been in Northern Ireland for 12 years and his record did not reflect that he had an addiction to heroin.

The solicitor explained that at the time he was in contact with peers in Portadown and there was quite a heroin problem in the Portuguese community.

He said that Torres was essentially dabbling with the drug at the time and had booked himself into a treatment programme. He had finished that and was now abstaining from drugs.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said this was a serious drugs offence but the defendant had owned up.

He ordered a short sentence report and adjourned sentencing until October 2.