CARIBOU, Maine — A Caribou man was arrested and charged with two counts of felony trafficking in scheduled drugs on Tuesday after he was allegedly found with methamphetamine and synthetic hallucinogens, commonly referred to as “bath salts.”
Ward Ballard, 49, first came to the attention of police during a traffic stop on June 18 on U.S. Route 1 in Mars Hill, according to Darrell Crandall, chief deputy of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.
Crandall said that at the time, Ballard was found in possession of several containers of unidentified substances that were believed to be illegal drugs, more than $1,100 in cash and other evidence of drug trafficking.
He said that after initial testing, it was determined that the substances were methamphetamine and bath salts.
The drugs were valued at about $2,500.
Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Ballard on Monday afternoon at his home.
Crandall said that at the time of his arrest, Ballard was in possession of more bath salts, which also affected the charges.
Ballard was taken to the Caribou Police Department, where he posted bail.
If convicted of the trafficking charges, Ballard faces up to 10 years in prison.