BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A undercover investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of an alleged drug dealer.
The two month investigation involved controlled buys by members of the Bladen County Narcotics Unit.
According to a news release from Sheriff Jim McVicker, deputies from Columbus County arrested Curtis Devon Ballard, 33, at his home on Clint Drive in Whiteville.
“The working relationship between my office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has proven invaluable,” said McVicker. “Mr. Ballard is but one example of a drug dealer who routinely crossed county lines to sell his drugs. Now he is in jail and his operation has been shut down thanks to the joint efforts of the two offices.”
Ballard is charged with the following:
- Sell/deliver marijuana, 2 counts
- Sell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine)
- Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, 2 counts
- Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II (Cocaine)
- Manufacture Marijuana, 2 counts
- Manufacture Schedule II (Cocaine)
- Maintaining a Vehicle For the Purpose of Keeping/Selling Controlled Substances, 2 counts
In addition to these charges the District Attorney’s Office intends to present an indictment to the Grand Jury against Ballard as a Habitual Felon.
Ballard is in the Columbus County Detention Center under $125,000 bond.