Anderson, Sparks plead not guilty to drug charges

Published 10:31 am Friday, March 18, 2016

A man charged with third-degree murder after a drug overdose pleaded not guilty in a separate case Thursday where he’s accused of possessing drug paraphernalia in a room of an in-home daycare.



A woman found with him also pleaded not guilty.

Ryan Allen Anderson, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony third-degree sale of drugs and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in Mower County court Thursday.

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Anderson was also charged with felony third-degree murder through drugs and his next appearance is scheduled for March 24. He’s accused of selling heroin to Tyler Burkey, 23, before he died of an overdose last December.

In a third case, he was charged Feb. 26 with seven counts of drug sales, including one in a school zone and one of three grams or more of cocaine, heroin or meth and he pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Madison Aubrey Sparks, 19, also pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony fifth-degree drug possession and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Austin Police Officers executed a search warrant on March 3 for Anderson on the 1800 block of Third Avenue Northeast, a residence identified as an in-home daycare, and found Anderson and Sparks sleeping on the bed.

Anderson agreed to speak with an officer and denied the home contained illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.

He then said there might be “foil” from previous heroin use and he last used the previous night. He said he also knew the residence was a daycare. Sparks said she used heroin the day before, before arriving at the residence. She said she didn’t buy heroin, but that Anderson “gives” it to her. She said she also knew the residence was a daycare and that some of the “foil” belonged to her.

Officers found several pieces of aluminum foil used to smoke heroin, a scale, a “Brillo” pad, and some unidentified pills in the bedroom.

Sparks said she had been living with Anderson since December 2015, but the owner did not know she was staying there because she would climb through a window at night or hide in the bedroom all day.

Sparks admitted they used about 0.50 gram of heroin per day, and Anderson supplied her with the heroin about five days per week.

She last received heroin from Anderson on March 2. Sparks said they both used heroin at about 10 p.m. and then went to bed, but she woke up sick during the night and used the rest of the heroin, which is why there was no heroin in the house during the search warrant.