Published Tuesday, 20 August 2013
The men appeared at Omagh Magistrates' Court on Tuesday after they were detained on Monday at various addresses in the Cookstown area.
Each of the five is accused of illegally possessing a Class-A drug, namely heroin.
They also face other charges related to alleged drugs offences - two of the men are each facing a total of nine charges.
A Portuguese interpreter stood in the dock beside the men, translating the court proceedings for them.
The five men didn't speak other than to confirm their identities and that they understood the charges.
The five men are all understood to have been residing in the Cookstown area.
No details were given in court about the police operation leading to the arrests, but it's understood the five men were arrested yesterday morning following a number of police searches in Cookstown.
The five men have been named as Helio Filipe Goncalves, Antonio Sousa and Patricio Dos Santas - all with an address in Killymoon Street in Cookstown- and Luis Felipe Damas and Carlos Manuel Rolo who both live in Molesworth Street in Cookstown.
Refusing bail, District Judge Bernadette Kelly said some of them had criminal records and she feared they would engage in drug dealing if released.
She said she had a duty to protect young people in the community from drugs.
The judge told lawyers they could go to the High Court to appeal her decision to refuse bail.
All five men were remanded in custody.
Reacting to the drugs seizure, UUP Mid Ulster MLA Sandra Overend commended the work of police officers.
"Like every parent, I want to see a society in which our young people can grow up safe from drug dealers and the poison which they sell," she said.
"It is essential that the Police receive the support of the entire community as they try to keep our streets and communities free from drug gangs.
"I urge everyone to support the Police as they work to tackle those who seek to supply such poison and I also call upon all parents to talk to their children and young people so that we can cut off the demand for illegal drugs.
"We must target both the supply and demand if we are to successfully keep drugs out of our communities."
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