Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Ward Ballard, 49, of Caribou, charging him with two counts of felony trafficking in scheduled drugs. The charges are a result of an investigation by Aroostook County Sheriff’s Deputies that began with a traffic stop, on Route 1 in Mars Hill, on the evening of June 18th. At that time, Ballard was found to be in possession of several containers of unidentified substances that were believed to be illegal drugs, over $1,100 in cash and other evidence of drug trafficking.
After initial testing, it was determined the substances are methamphetamine and synthetic hallucinogens, commonly referred to as “bath salts.” The drugs are valued at about $2,500. Sheriff’s Deputies and MDEA Agents went to Ballard’s home on the Baird Road in Caribou, on Monday afternoon, and arrested him for trafficking in methamphetamine and synthetic hallucinogens – both class B felonies. At the time of his arrest, Ballard was in possession of more “bath salts,” and he was charged with possession of that as well.
Ballard was transported to the Caribou Police Department where he posted bail. If convicted of the trafficking charges, Ballard faces up to ten years in prison.