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Concerned citizens leads police to heroin arrest

Ballree (left) Johnson (right) Ballree (left) Johnson (right)
Michael Emmett Ballree (Source: NHCSO) Michael Emmett Ballree (Source: NHCSO)
Richard Johnson (Source: NHCSO) Richard Johnson (Source: NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A concerned citizen's call lead police to find 20 bindles of heroin.

Wilmington Police and EMS responded to the area of Market Street and Kerr Avenue to investigate a possible overdose situation. A concerned caller thought the passenger in the car had passed out because of drug use.

EMS checked on the person, Richard David Johnson, in the car and found that he did not overdoes. Johnson did admit to recently smoking marijuana. The owner of the car, Michael Emmett Ballree, came out of a nearby business, saw police, attempted to hide needles, but was caught.

Police searched Ballree's car and found 20 bindles of heroin.  Both Johnson and Ballree were charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

This is not Ballree's first run in with the law. He and his father, former Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree were arrested in 2012 after being indicted by a grand jury.

Johnson has bonded out of jail.

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