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James Drew Ballard
courtesy of Catawba Co. Sheriff's Office

Morganton Man Arrested by H.P.D. on Felony Drug Charges

39-year-old James Drew Ballard of Smokerise Drive in Morganton has been arrested by Hickory Police on felony counts of trafficking in opium or heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver a schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with possession of marijuana up to half-an-ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting a public officer. Ballard was jailed today (November 21) in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $200,000. He’ll make a first appearance in District Court tomorrow in Newton.