AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department has arrested a man accused of child endangerment that occured during a methamphetamine transaction.
According to the arrest warrant, John Albert Flores, 33, met with an undercover officer for a drug sale Jan. 4 in the 2500 block of Willow Hill Drive. After receiving a tip that the man was delivering illegal narcotics in Austin, the officer arranged to meet with Flores and agreed to pay him $195 for half an ounce of methamphetamine.
Flores reportedly showed up to complete the transaction with a 14-year-old child in the front seat of the vehicle with him. When the narcotics transaction was complete, officers moved in to make the arrest and discovered additional drugs inside the vehicle, including heroin. Officers also found a fully loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the backpocket of the driver seat.
Flores is accused of a child endangerment offense, a state felony. According to police, the nature of the transaction, the presence of drugs/a handgun and the possibility of a shootout with police put the boy in a potentially deadly situation. His bond is set at $20,000.