Drug gang with a 'notorious' Noonan crime family member is jailed

Desmond James Noonan, 27, (left) ,Graham Beaumont, 29, (middle) and Christopher Perry, 29, (right)
Image caption Noonan (left), Beaumont and Perry (right) were arrested in Salford, Greater Manchester, after police stopped a car driven by Beaumont

A gang with a "notorious" crime family member has been jailed after £24,700 of heroin was found.

Desmond James Noonan, 27, was sentenced to five years after he admitted possessing the class A drug with intent to supply and cannabis possession.

The Noonan family name "instils fear in some communities", police said.

Graham Beaumont and Christopher Perry, both 29, were also jailed after pleading guilty to the same charges at Manchester Crown Court.

All three were arrested after police stopped a grey Seat Ibiza and found 0.3 kg (0.7 lb) of heroin in a plastic bag under the passenger seat.

'Great result'

Noonan, of Old Clough Lane, Worsley, Greater Manchester, tried to run off but was caught by the dog patrol, police said.

Noonan is related to convicted gangster Domenyk Noonan who was jailed for nine and half years for firearms offences in 2005.

Domenyk Noonan's brother, gangland leader Desmond "Dessie" Noonan was murdered in 2005 aged 45.

He died days before a Channel Five documentary, in which he boasted he had "more guns than the police", was broadcast.

Desmond James Noonan, Beaumont and Perry had been under investigation when police seized the drugs in April.

Beaumont, of Somerset Avenue, Tyldesley, Wigan, Greater Manchester, was jailed for two years.

Perry, of Tyldesley, Wigan, Greater Manchester, was sentenced to a total of four years 10 months which included 14 months imprisonment for the production of cannabis for another unrelated drugs offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Downey, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "These drugs were undoubtedly heading for the streets of Salford so to recover such a large amount is a great result.

"One defendant in particular carries a name that is notorious in the city and one that usually instils fear in some communities.

"We are working to dispel this myth and prove that no-one is untouchable in Salford and that we will do everything we can to identify and bring to justice organised crime groups or families involved in criminality."

A hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act will take place on 28 March.

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