Man charged in drug case involving murder suspect

Published 10:59 am Monday, June 20, 2016

Gonzales Jr.

Gonzales Jr.

A 34-year-old Austin man faces drug charges after an incident involving another Austin man who is facing third-degree murder charged in another drug case.

Edward Gonzales Jr. was charged Friday in Mower County court with felony third-degree sale of drugs.

At about 11:18 a.m. on April 29, an informant arranged to buy heroin from Jordan David Flugum, 20, of Austin, who was charged May 4 with felony third-degree murder as part of a separate case for selling heroin to a man who died from an overdose.

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Flugum and the informant met and drove to Kwik Trip so Flugum could get money from an ATM. They drove to the 100 block of 13th Street Northeast and went inside an apartment.

Flugum introduced the informant to Gonzales and said he wanted to buy .50 grams of heroin and the informant wanted one gram of heroin.

Gonzales made a telephone call and took the informant to the area of Eighth Street and Eighth Avenue Southwest. They drove to another location and a male subject got in the vehicle.

They drove another couple of blocks and dropped the male subject off and then drove back to Gonzales’s residence.

The informant later turned over .88 grams of heroin and said the male subject and Gonzales exchanged money for heroin while they were driving.

Gonzales’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 30.

In the separate, third-degree burglary case, Flugum is accused of selling heroin to a 20-year-old man had died in his bed. That was the second heroin-related murder charge in Mower County this year. Ryan Allen Anderson, 23, was charged in March with similar charges.