Traffic stop leads to several arrests, including suspects in Arp HS burglary

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A Smith County Sheriff’s patrol deputy conducted a traffic stop Wednesday, Aug. 30, on a vehicle that resulted in the arrest of a female for possession of a controlled substance. The female was transported to Smith County Sheriff’s Office where she was interviewed by detectives. The interview resulted in the gathering of information regarding a burglary investigation pertaining to Arp High School. This burglary was initially investigated by the Arp Police Department.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office detectives contacted the Arp Police Department and subsequently obtained one search warrant and two arrest warrants. The search and arrest warrants were executed by Smith County Sheriff’s detectives and City of Arp police officers. During the execution of those warrants two suspects were arrested for burglary of a building. The first was identified as Anthony W. Frazier, a 48-year-old black male, charged with burglary of a building with bond set at $100,000. The second was identified as Nicholas Burkhart, a 31-year-old white male, charged with burglary of a building with bond set at $100,000. Both remain in Smith County Jail.

Property valued at several thousand dollars including firearms, a trailer, generators and a welder were recovered as well as a large quantity of methamphetamine.

While executing the search warrant, information was also gathered about a related address on Phoenix Drive. Detectives arrived at this location and subsequently seized drug paraphernalia and conducted numerous interviews.

The Arp Police Department burglary case was cleared by the joint effort of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, CID-Narcotics Division, CID-Property Crimes and Arp PD.

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