Criminal defense attorney arrested for drug sales
Updated On: Dec 20 2013 03:37:31 PM CST
Atty. Gregory Noonan of Lansdale has been arrested on drug charges.
The 53-year-old Noonan resides in the 100 block of Oberlin Terrace in Lansdale and has a law office at 530 Swede St., Norristown.
His legal practice focused on criminal defense.
His arrest for the delivery of controlled substances and related charges was announced Friday by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
In November, and again on Thursday, Noonan unknowingly sold drugs to an undercover police officer.
"No one is above the law, no matter what occupation they hold," said the district attorney in a news release.
"We are seeing a dramatic trend in Montgomery County of rising opiate abuse in both children and adults. We must stop this dangerous trend. One of my priorities is to investigate and prosecute prescription pill traffickers."
According to Ferman, at 9:42 a.m. Nov. 23, Noonan unwittingly called an undercover Philadelphia police officer's cell phone and left a message saying he wanted to meet at his office. The undercover officer called back and they agreed to meet at Noonan's office at 6:30 p.m. that day.
They actually met in Noonan's Jaguar parked outside his office. Noonan sold the undercover officer 179 Oxycodone pills, at $15 for each 30-milligram pill. Ferman said Oxycodone is a narcotic drug and a controlled substance.
This week, at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, the defendant and undercover cop again met in Noonan's Jaguar outside his office. He gave Noonan $3,250 for a bottle containing 180 Oxycodon pills.
Noonan then was arrested by Montgomery County detectives.
On Friday morning, he was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Margaret Hunsicker on two counts of delivery of controlled substances, two counts of possession of controlled substances, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of criminal use of a communication facility and two counts of unlawful proceeds of criminal activities.
Noonan was jailed after being unable to post $250,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing will be held before Hunsicker at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at 754 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown.
Ferman thanked Philadelphia police for their cooperation in the investigation leading to Noonan's arrest.
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