Crack, stolen guns found after Mt. Airy traffic stop, sheriff says

Published 2:03 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MT. AIRY — A man with an extensive criminal history, including murder and rape charges, is once again behind bars after drugs and stolen guns were found in his home.

Howard Burl Jr.

Howard Burl Jr.

The investigation began when detectives with the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Bureau conducted a traffic stop in conjunction with an active narcotics investigation at 3:09 p.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Louisiana 44 in Mt. Airy.

Pursuant to the traffic stop, detectives arrested Howard Burl Jr., 51, of Edgard, who authorities report was in possession of approximately 4 grams of crack cocaine and approximately 4.7 grams of cocaine.

During the course of the investigation, authorities said detectives recovered approximately 5.4 grams of marijuana and a loaded Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver.

“The traffic stop lead to narcotic detectives obtaining a search warrant at Mr. Burl’s residence, located in the 1100 block of Highway 18 in Edgard,” Sheriff Mike Tregre said in a release. “Narcotics detectives recovered two stolen rifles, a stolen handgun, drug paraphernalia, approximately 9.2 grams of cocaine and approximately 6.9 grams of crack cocaine.”

Burl was booked with possession of a firearm by convicted felon, illegal carrying of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, flight from an officer, obstruction of justice and traffic violations.

Burl’s bond was set at $242,500, and as of Tuesday afternoon he remained incarcerated.
Officials report Burl has 17 prior arrests, of which offenses include second-degree murder, manslaughter, simple rape and illegal carrying of a weapon by a convicted felon.