Three arrested in Magnolia following heroin investigation

MAGNOLIA – Three people have been arrested after information was received regarding illegal sales of narcotics from a residence on Walnut Street in Magnolia.

Magnolia Nieberg HeroinThe Delaware State Police Kent County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) responded to the unit block of West Walnut Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. April 25 to conduct an administrative probation search on the residence of William E. Nieberg III, 29, who is currently on Level 3 probation stemming from a 2015 drug conviction.

When troopers and probation officers assigned to the task force arrived at the home, Nieberg was taken into custody in his upstairs bedroom.  A probation officer noticed the bedroom window was open and upon looking out, observed a plastic bag that appeared to be filled with a large quantity of heroin directly below his window, according to offiicals.

Further investigation revealed the plastic bag contained 253 bags of heroin weighing 3.795 grams.  Nieberg was also found to be in possession of over $1,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds.

As troopers and probation officers continued their search of the bedroom, a purse belonging to Haley Nickerson, 20 of Frederica, was found to have three pills inside a pill bottle that were identified as Tramadol Hydrochloride.  Those pills were not prescribed to Nickerson.

Investigators also contacted Austin J. Balke, 29 of Magnolia, who appeared to be living in a shed on the property.  Upon searching him, he was found to be in possession of one single bag of heroin.

Nieberg, William E 3rd

William E. Nieberg III

All three subjects were transported to Troop 3 in Camden where Nieberg was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier three quantity (Heroin), tampering with physical evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $26,100.00 secured bond.

Nickerson was charged with Possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.  She was released on $500.00 unsecured bond.

Balke was charged with possession of controlled substance (Heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on $600.00 unsecured bond.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.