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Drug dealer Noel Johnston was the hardest of hard men in a dangerous town... and he was only a teenager at the time

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Fearsome: There was actually a thoughtful side to Noel Johnston, but few people saw it. Credit: Conor McCaughley

Fearsome: There was actually a thoughtful side to Noel Johnston, but few people saw it. Credit: Conor McCaughley

Fearsome: There was actually a thoughtful side to Noel Johnston, but few people saw it. Credit: Conor McCaughley

Even before the drugs came, people in Ballymena were terrified of Noel Johnston.

But it wasn’t like he was going around the place a la Tony Montana in Scarface, exacting retribution on anyone who dared looked sideways at him.


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