Two Face Meth Charges After Traffic Stop Near Iowa City

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A Coralville man and a North Liberty woman face various drug-related charges after meth and meth precursors were discovered during a traffic stop.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, an officer spotted 36-year-old Michael J. Thompson driving in the area of Dubuque Street and Oakdale Boulevard north of Iowa City at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said Thompson was pulled over because a check of his license showed that it was barred.

Police said Thompson's movements were erratic and he appeared to be "tweaking," which can be evidence of drug use. Thompson was asked out of the car and placed under arrest for driving while barred and another outstanding warrant, according to police. Police said when Thompson got out of the car, they discovered a pipe that had been at his feet that tested positive for amphetamines. Thompson admitted to smoking meth earlier in the day.

A passenger in Thompson's car, Jacqueline M. Naughton, 30, of North Liberty, also appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and was asked to step out of the vehicle. Police said when Naughton got out of the car, an unlabeled prescription bottle containing what appeared to be meth fell out. Both the bottle and a glass pipe Naughton was carrying tested positive for amphetamines, police said.

A search of the vehicle also turned up lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine, two ingredients used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Thompson and Naughton were both placed under arrest.

Thompson faces charges of possession of meth - third or subsequent offense, operating under the influence - second offense, driving while barred, two counts of possession of a meth precursor and using his vehicle to possess, use or sell a controlled substance. Naughton faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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