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UNION GROVE – A homeless couple who had used heroin found sleeping in their car were charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Monday with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint, Jessica Hughes, 20, and Erik Kopidlowski, 28, were found sleeping in their car on Center Street at 15th Avenue in Union Grove on Sunday. Hughes had a baby sitting on her lap. The couple told a deputy with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department that they were homeless.

The car smelled of “wet, dirty laundry and old, spoiled food,” the complaint reads.

At first Kopidlowski gave the deputy the wrong name because he had a warrant out for his arrest, but then gave his real name to the deputy. Hughes and Kopidlowski both had a number of needle marks on their arms.

During a search of the car they found a burnt spoon, a cotton ball, and syringe. The couple told the deputy they used heroin the night before and that there was none left. The complaint points to Hughes being a repeat drug offender. In January 2014, she was convicted of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping.

Hughes is being held on a $100 cash bond. Kopidlowski, who was also charged with obstruction, is being held on a $2,500 cash bond. A pre-trial conference was set for 3:15 p.m. July 6.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.