Eastpointe Police: Man tossed cocaine from upstairs window during search

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 18, 2021




EASTPOINTE — A Detroit police officer conducting a narcotics search at a home near Nine Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue Dec. 8 was nearly struck by a bag of suspected cocaine allegedly thrown from an upstairs window by a 41-year-old suspect. The suspect is now facing a list of charges.

Willie James-Blade Ballard, of Eastpointe, was arrested after the search on Rausch Avenue.

“Detroit police and our guys, they had a search warrant for the house,” Eastpointe Public Safety Director George Rouhib said. “He threw the bag from the second story window.

“They searched the house, and they found additional drugs, paraphernalia, packaging and currency,” Rouhib said.

Ballard was arraigned in the 38th District Court Dec. 9 on one count of delivery/manufacture of cocaine (50-449 grams), a 20-year felony. He also faces one count of maintaining a drug house and weapons charges. Bail was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

On its Facebook page, the Eastpointe Police and Fire Department said officers found 926 individually packaged rocks of cocaine.

Ballard was free on bond at press time, according to court records. He requested a court-appointed attorney, but one had yet to be assigned as of Dec. 14.

The case was set to go before Judge Kathleen Galen at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 for a probable cause conference.