Father Accused of Keeping Drugs, Dog Waste Near Small Child


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 28-year-old Iowa City man has been arrested after police found drug residue, paraphernalia, a revolver and general disarray and filth in the trailer where he keeps his small child.

When police were called to the mobile home at 1705 Prairie Du Chien Road in August for a welfare check, they found drug residue and paraphernalia that Lyle Robert Hopkins admitted to using in the mobile home unit, according to an Iowa City police complaint.

He told investigators that his friends occasionally come over to use drugs with him, according to the complaint. Police also reported finding a .22 revolver during their search of the trailer, which was in a “general state of disarray.”

“There was trash strewn about, a non-functional toilet, and dog excrement all over the floors of the trailer,” according to the complaint. “Some of the dog waste was in very close proximity to the child’s toys.”

In a back bedroom, the child’s crib – or “pack n’ play” – was found next to piles of dog waste that apparently had been there for days, according to police. Hopkins admitted that the child had been in the trailer recently when it was in its current state and said he knew the home was a mess and “needed cleaning,” police reported.

During a continued search of the trailer, police found a light bulb with burn marks on the bottom, a drinking straw protruding, and white powder residue on the inside. The bulb was sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation for testing, and it tested positive as a controlled substance identified as 4-mec.

That substance most commonly is used as a “knock-off” of Ecstasy or in the production of some “bath salts,” police reported.

Police also sent to the state lab a woman’s compact with white powder on the glass portion. State investigators identified it Alpha-PVP, a controlled substance developed in the 1960s as a stimulant also found in many “bath salts,” police reported.

Hopkins faces charges of child endangerment without injury and several drug charges.

His criminal history in Iowa includes convictions for drug charges, driving violations and theft. At least two of his convictions came over police first searched his trailer in August and sent several items to the state lab for testing.

Hopkins was convicted in October of fifth-degree theft and in December of operating while intoxicated.

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