Law Enforcement Report: Brown County Sheriff

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Sunday, July 11, the Brown County Sheriff’s (BCSO) Narcotic Unit executed a search warrant at the residence at 714 Iowa Street in Hiawatha. County Attorney Kevin Hill and the BCSO Narcotic Unit worked many hours in preparation of the warrant.

Upon arrival at the residence, a deputy encountered Michael Ballman near the garage of the residence. The deputy identified themselves, announced “search warrant” and requested his cooperation. Ballman immediately fled on foot. He was later apprehended by Sheriff John Merchant after a short chase, in the yard at 703 Pottawatomie. Ballman was in possession of approximately nine grams of meth as well as a quantity of cash.

Items seized as evidence during the search warrant include: cash, syringes, air pistols, knives, bongs, marijuana, meth pipes, scales, paraphernalia, prescription medication and meth.

Ballman, 48, of Hiawatha was arrested on charges of distribution of meth, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony obstruction.

Kimberly Wagner, 55, of Hiawatha was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morton Alfrey, 60, of Hiawatha was arrested on charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steven Schler, 64, of Hiawatha was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

The case is still under investigation by the BCSO and additional charges could be pending. Hiawatha Police Department, Kansas Highway Patrol, and Kansas Wildlife and Parks assisted.

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