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Ballard gets jail, probation on drug charge

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 2:52 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — A Princeton man has received county jail time and probation after pleading guilty in Bureau County Court to the Class 4 felony of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, heroin.

Kirk P. Ballard, 28, entered his guilty plea before Circuit Judge Marc Bernabei. Ballard was placed on two years probation with the condition he serve two months in the Bureau County Jail on a work release basis; pay fines, fees and court costs totaling $1,582; and pay a $20 monthly probation fee. Ballard was also ordered to attend counseling at his own expense and submit to a random drug analysis at his own expense. He was also ordered to perform 100 hours of public service work.

Ballard was represented in court by Princeton attorney A. Randolph Comba. Prosecuting the case was State’s Attorney Patrick Hermann.

In February 2010, the TRIDENT task force was conducting investigations into drug sales in Princeton. On Feb. 17, 2010, the task force had made arrangements for a confidential source to meet Ballard for the purchase of controlled substances. Ballard did meet with the confidential source and provided a substance to the confidential source. That substance was sent to the crime lab and determined to be 0.2 grams of heroin. Ballard was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance on July 22, 2010, and an arrest warrant was issued. Ballard turned himself into authorities on Oct. 16, 2013. On April 16, 2014, a second count charging Ballard with unlawful possession of heroin was filed against him. The delivery charge was dismissed.

This is Ballard’s first felony conviction.

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