Drag & drop item with a mouse over pop-up???

I have a drag & drop interaction that also requires some mouse-over pop-ups. The drag & drop item has limited actions available (on mouse click, page show, hide, and show). So I placed a transparent button on top of the drag & drop item to get my mouse-enter pop-up to work, but of course this doesn't allow me to select the item to drag it. So I layered the transparent button under the drag & drop item but it still won't allow me to select the item to drag it, even though the mouse enter and exit functionality still works. Any clever ideas out there? Thank you kindly!!!!