Welfare Check At Iowa City Home Leads To Pair Of Meth Arrests

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A North Liberty man and an Iowa City woman face meth-related charges after police responded to the woman’s home for a welfare check.

According to criminal complaints, Iowa City police responded to 1257 Slothower Ave. at 9:26 p.m. Friday for a welfare check on 38-year-old Troy L. Barkalow. The person who called in the welfare check said while they were on the phone with Barkalow, they overheard him fighting with 32-year-old Bobbie M. English. The caller was concerned Barkalow had been using meth, police said.

When officers showed up at English’s home, she and Barkalow were in the front yard of the residence. Both of them appeared to be under the influence of meth, police said.

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.

Barkalow and English were arrested. 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.

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