Man arrested for drug, weapon charges had ties to Burkholder

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  11/10/16.  The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a Sierra Vista man for possession of a narcotic drug and misconduct involving a weapon on Wednesday after contacting him in the course of an ongoing investigation into a murder for hire plot that resulted in an arrest on Sunday.

Sierra Vista police detectives made contact with 42-year-old Antonio Gade, also known as “Gude,” on Wednesday and discovered heroin in the vehicle he was driving. Detectives began an investigation into Gade while conducting surveillance on former Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Israel Burkholder prior to his arrest for conspiracy to commit first degree murder on Sunday. Detectives had learned that Gade was tightly associated with Burkholder.

In interviewing Gade, detectives learned he had provided a .45 caliber handgun to Burkholder. Gade is prohibited to possess firearms. The handgun in question had been recovered at Burkholder’s residence pursuant to a search warrant served on Sunday night. Gade explained he gave the gun to Burkholder because it was illegal for Gade to possess it.

Gade advised detectives that he understood Burkholder was angry and interested in soliciting assistance from someone in the Phoenix area to travel to Sierra Vista and cause physical harm to a local man.

Subsequent to the interview, when heroin was discovered, SVPD special operations detectives served a narcotics search warrant at Gade’s residence in the 100 block of North 5th Street. It yielded evidence of Oxycontin not belonging to Gade.

Gade was booked into Cochise County Jail on two felony charges, possession of a narcotic drug and prohibited possessor of a firearm. For more information regarding this case, contact SVPD Detective Sgt. Sean Brownson at (520) 452-7500.