By BILL POWELL
CORYDON — A Knox County man out on bond in a St. Anthony burglary case was one of two individuals arrested this morning in Harrison County and accused of methamphetamine-related offenses.
Indiana State Police Trooper Mark LaMaster stopped a Mercury Mountaineer for speeding on I-64 at 5:30 a.m. east of the Corydon exit, at the 107.5-mile marker.
Police say LaMaster sensed something was not right with the driver, Dagon A. Frye, 18, Vincennes, and his passenger, Vicki L. Smith, 54, 140 W. State Road 64, Birdseye.
LeMaster contacted Trooper Nathan Abbott to come to the location with is K-9, Teague.
Police allege Teague sniffed at the SUV and made a positive indication for controlled substances in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the Mountaineer and the occupants yielded approximately three ounces of methamphetamine, according to police.
State police report the methamphetamine was located in and/or next to Smith’s female private parts inside of her pants.
Smith was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, plus misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.
The driver, Frye, was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
Frye and Smith were lodged at the Harrison County Jail.
State police said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Frye is charged in Dubois County in connection with an October burglary at the Circle A Fast Break in St. Anthony and was out on bond at the time of his arrest in Harrison County today.
The burglary at the Fast Break at 2759 S. St. Anthony Road North was reported to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Video surveillance footage showed someone unlocking the front door of the business with a key just after midnight, according to court documents. The person then entered and punched in a pass code to deactivate the alarm system.
Court documents indicate the burglar also had a pass code to a safe.
Cash in the amount of $1,097.81 and 11 packs of Camel cigarettes were reported stolen.
On Oct. 16, the sheriff’s department’s investigation ultimately led to the 2311 N. Dogwood Ct. residence in Eckerty of Frank W. Frye, 38, and his girlfriend, Brittany N. Schepers, 29.
Schepers was an employee at the Fast Break, according to court documents. Frank Frye is cited as the father of Dagon Frye.
Court documents allege Schepers drove Dagon Frye to the vicinity of the Fast Break to commit the burglary and Frank Frye was with her, waiting in an SUV about two blocks from the convenience store while the burglary occurred.
On Oct. 24, a summons was issued in Dubois Circuit Court notifying Schepers that she needed to be in court Nov. 6 to answer to a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary.
A warrant was also issued Oct. 24 in Circuit Court charging Frank Frye with those same two charges: a Level 5 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary and a Level 6 felony count of aiding, inducing or causing burglary. The warrant charging Dagon Frye with committing the burglary and theft was issued that day and he was taken into custody Nov. 2. He posted bond in late November.
As the burglary case makes it way through the court, Schepers was released on her own recognizance in early November and Frank Frye has been on pre-trial work release.