North Liberty Man Faces Meth Charges

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A North Liberty man faces up to 10 years in prison after being found with meth-making ingredients back in April.

Members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 1257 Slothower Ave. in Iowa City on April 7, according to North Liberty police criminal complaints. Investigators discovered meth labs and ingredients in the residence.

The items seized were fingerprinted and matched the prints of 32-year-old Clinton R. Lake, of 66 Golfview Court in North Liberty, police said. A witness also told investigators that Lake was at the residence while meth was being manufactured. He faces charges of possession of lithium and possession of pseudoephedrine, which are each Class D felonies and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Back in May, the Iowa City Police Department arrested 38-year-old Troy L. Barkalow and 32-year-old Bobbie M. English at the Slothower residence on meth charges. Police were called to the residence for a welfare check on Barkalow and found both he and English to be under the influence of meth.

Police searched the property and discovered lithium batteries, coffee filters, drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine, cold packs, coffee filters and pipe cleaners — all of which are used in the production of meth. English told police the items were recently dropped off at her residence and she admitted to plans to make meth with the items, police said.

English said she and Barkalow had used meth recently and there was some left in the residence, police said. English showed officers her bathroom, where officers found a glass plate containing meth powder.

Both face one count of possession of a controlled substance precursor, a Class D felony. English faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. English and Barkalow have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

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