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Police: Iowa City duo had drugs, gun in apartment with child

IOWA CITY — Two Iowa City residents face a litany of charges after police found a gun and stash of drugs in a home they shared with a 10-year-old child.

According to Iowa City police complaints, officers arrived at the Amhurst Street residence of Katheryn A. Lincoln, 23, and Matthew S. Stoneking, 34, on April 11 after being contacted by staff with Iowa Department of Human Services.

A DHS investigation found the potential for substantial drug activity in the apartment, police said.

In a bedroom, police found a large quantity of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA — commonly referred to as ecstasy. Police also found drug paraphernalia including uncapped needles, pipes and plates containing powder residue. A shotgun also was found in the room, police said.

According to police, Stoneking and Lincoln share a room adjacent to a 10-year-old child’s bedroom.

Police said, should the child have gained access to the room, they would have been in “substantial risk of injury or death.”

Both Stoneking and Lincoln were booked early Tuesday in the Johnson County Jail. They each faces Class C felony charges for child endangerment and aggravated misdemeanor charges for maintaining a drug-involved premise and unlawful possession of gamma-hydroxybutyrate. They also each face three serious misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance and simple misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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