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special edition Crime World Extra: The life and extraordinary death of Northern Ireland drugs baron Noel Johnston

Dealer mistook PSNI officers for a hit squad he believed had come to kill him - plunging 50ft to his death from a block of flats

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Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

He was the notorious drug dealer who introduced heroin to his hometown of Ballymena, County Antrim.

And after a lifetime of staying one step ahead of the law 61-year-old Noel Johnston made a final and fatal mistake when he mistook PSNI officers for a hit squad he believed had come to kill him - plunging 50ft to his death from a block of flats.

Nicola Tallant is joined by journalist Hugh Jordan to discuss the life and extraordinary end of a notorious drug baron who made headlines right to the bitter end.

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