Friday, November 09, 2001

Man still in jail in drug case

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A Covington man remains in the Kenton County Jail on felony drug-trafficking charges, after authorities raided his apartment Wednesday night.

        Donnell Ballard, 26, of 1324 Greenup St., was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and trafficking cocaine with a firearm, said Lt. Col. Jim Liles, spokesman for Covington Police.

        More than 20 officers from the FBI Safe Street Task Force, the Covington SWAT Team and the Covington Police Department Crime Suppression Unit raided Mr. Ballard's apartment at 8 p.m. Wednesday, after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors.

        Confiscated as evidence were 3/4 ounce of crack cocaine, one Glock .45 caliber handgun, five loaded AK-47 magazines, $633 in cash, and cameras and monitors, Lt. Col. Liles said. Besides Mr. Ballard, four other people were at the apartment when the raid occurred.

        Through their investigation, police determined “there was a lot of traffic” at the Greenup Street address, Lt. Col. Liles said.

        “This was actually more elaborate than other (suspected drug-trafficking operations) we've run into, because of the (security) cameras and monitors,” Lt. Col. Liles said.

        Mr. Ballard, who is being held on $2,500 bond, will be arraigned on Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Covington.


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