Son of former BSL police chief charged with heroin possession

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Submitted: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:55pm
Updated: Sun, 03/30/2014 - 12:50pm By:


The son of a former Boiling Spring Lakes police chief was arrested Thursday in Wilmington with several bags of heroin, according to police.

Michael Ballree, 28, and Richard David Johnson, 25, were each charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Michael Ballree is the son of former Police Chief Emmett Ballree, who was indicted by a grand jury in 2012 on a charge of helping his felon son get a weapon, according to court documents.



  • truthful says:

    You are calling someone a dumbass and at the same time you are saying this 28 year old MAN and habitual felon is a kid??? You may feel different when one of these dope crazed MEN that are out running free breaks in to your home and does financial and/or personal injury to you and/or your loved ones. Shut the door and throw away the key! He can get help along with his three hots and a cot. At the same time we law abiding citizens can remain a little safer here on the outside.

  • BSL Citizen says:

    Two days ago I took the time to write a factual comment on the history of just exactly how this problem family (father and son) was
    brought to the fair city of BSL, Brunswick County and our neighboring New Hanover County. I gave specific names and examples. Every one of which could be documented and verified! I guess WWAY like many news medias today don’t give a hoot about facts and decided, these truths are just not worth mentioning. That is very, very sad. There was a time when the news media was THE way for citizens to find out exactly what was going on in their government. That was the reason our founding fathers specifically gave certain freedoms to the press. But it seems that has on gone away. Just know (if WWAY decides to print this) that the problems brought to our community with the Ballree family could have and should have been prevented. They were well known and well documented. Now, month by month, year by year, we have to live with it. Just an addendum. Do you really think Michael Ballree has any respect for the law and or rules? Look at ALL his past charges and convictions but also look at his smiling face on his current mug shot! Is that the face of someone that gives a sh*t? WWAY print the factual account on the family, how they got here and who picked the father to bring them here as he was given a position as TOP COP in the city. You have it. Print it!

  • Officer Porker says:

    I just don’t know what to say….

  • brandon says:

    The kid needs help not prison dumbass.

  • deadlock says:

    Come on Ben David. Throw the book at this crumb. You have the tool in your hands. Charge him with the additional charge of habitual felon. That will take this chump off the streets for about 25 years. He keeps doing the crime. So, give him some time!

  • guesty says:

    …of stupid.

  • Bigun62 says:

    WHAT is wrong with people? This guy AND his Daddy are idiots. Must be in the LEO water.

  • walter hogan says:

    The people in that county have a lot of trouble understanding the law. The big sheriff just got out of prison, and he was the poster boy for the FBI, until they found out corrupt he was. There is more corruption in the Leland and Navassa police departments than you can shake a stick at.That area has always been shady. Old Pauls truck stop was notorious and no one cared. The best thing they can do with that county is put a fence around it and do not let any one out. Ever!

  • PublicAvenger says:

    A year ago, his dad got in trouble, for giving this boy a ride to school, in a police car. Now he is buying dope. When I was 28, I was working 60 hours a week. One word for this man, who refuses to grow up, and still wants to be a 15 year old boy……..LOSER.

  • lonetraveler says:

    to assume that the chief is involved in his son’s little hobby. And of course if you are dealing heroin you need a weapon, just consider it an accessory that goes with the business. Either law enforcement is ignoring that the ex-chief is also involved in the heroin dealing or we, the public will see another charge very shortly.

  • MG says:

    This is more proof of the rise of arrogance as normal in our society. Sad.

  • guestnra says:

    Lucky for him he wasn’t in possession of a screwdriver or he may have been shot to death.

  • brandon says:

    well he sure does have a nice smile. I’m sure he’s remorseful

  • guesty says:

    Both Leland and Navassa have cleaned house and fired the bad officers from each department. Both chief’s have a handle on their departments and things are on the up and up.

  • tke1 says:

    For WWAY the most important story is a deceased law enforcement officer’s first cousin’s brother-in-law’s great uncle gets arrested so therefore all law enforcement is corrupt

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