Caught With a Needle in His Lap: Davenport Man Arrested with Large Quantity of Drugs in Burlington

On February 13, 2024, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped a vehicle at Agency St. and Roosevelt Ave. after observing a vehicle run through a stop sign and recognizing the driver to be unlicensed. Deputies contacted the driver, and he was identified as Jeremy Ronald Rourke, age 51, of Davenport, Iowa. While speaking with Rourke, deputies observed a loaded hypodermic syringe sitting on Rourke’s lap. Rourke admitted to deputies the syringe contained drugs.

Deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and found 23.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and 340 grams of methamphetamine. After discovering the large quantity of drugs in the vehicle, the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force was contacted. Further investigation led detectives to the Howard Johnson Hotel in Burlington, Iowa where Rourke had been coming from prior to the traffic stop. A search warrant was conducted on two hotel rooms. During the search warrant, detectives found drug packaging material, a digital scale, hypodermic syringes, and indicia for Jeremy Rourke.

Rourke was placed under arrest for no valid driver’s license, fail to obey stop sign, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (a class B felony), possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine (a class D felony), possession of a controlled substance psilocybin mushrooms (a class D felony), and 2 counts of failure to affix drug tax stamp (a class D felony). Rourke was transported to the Des Moines County Correctional Center.