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Manchester father, daughter arrested twice in one day following SWAT raid, crack cocaine seizure

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

November 14. 2017 8:48AM
From left, James, Tammy, and Jessica Ballam. (COURTESY Manchester PD)

From left, James Ballam, Steven Campbell, and Jessica Ballam following their arrest earlier Monday. (COURTESY Manchester PD)

MANCHESTER — Arrested twice in one day, two city residents are facing drug and assault charges, after police say they fought with officers attempting to remove minor children from a Central Street apartment following a SWAT raid that resulted in the seizure of 123 grams of crack cocaine.

James Ballam, 39, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, sale of a drug and drug possession.

Steven Campbell, 53, was detained outside the residence by police and charged with possession of half a gram of cocaine.

Jessica Ballam, 18, was charged with resisting arrest after she entered the apartment during the search and refused to leave.

The search took place at 267 Central St., first floor.

Police returned to the apartment at 267 Central St. at 4:19 p.m. Monday to assist personnel with the Division for Children, Youth and Families in the removal of minor children from the residence. When police attempted to remove the minor children from the house, officers say they were assaulted by Jessica Ballam.  

As police attempted to arrest Jessica, her mother Tammy allegedly smothered her daughter, preventing officers from arresting her. Police eventually took Jessica into custody, but while attempting to arrest Tammy, officers were assaulted by the woman’s husband James Ballam. 

James Ballam was taken into custody after a brief struggle, along with Tammy.

In addition to the earlier drug charges, Jessica Ballam was also charged with simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, interference with custody and violation of bail.

Tammy Ballam was charged with hindering apprehension, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and possession of controlled drug (marijuana).

James Ballam was charged with hindering apprehension, simple assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and contempt of court.


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