A Griggsville resident entered a plea of guilty to a charge of methamphetamine delivery in Adams County Circuit Court on Aug. 4. The 48-year-old woman is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 25, and will face up to six years imprisonment. A man charged as a co-conspirator, a 43-year-old Quincy resident, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for an identical charge in May. In exchange for the defendant's guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of aggravated unlawful participation in meth manufacturing; she could have been sentenced to up to 15 years imprisonment had she not agreed to the plea deal.
An investigation into methamphetamine trafficking from Missouri by the West Central Illinois Task Force eventually led law enforcement to search the home where the woman and the other defendant had been staying in the 900 block of North 12th. Police claimed to have discovered 6.7 grams of methamphetamine stashed beneath a sofa seat cushion and also allegedly seized drug paraphernalia, scales and packaging. Police also reported that a child was in the house when the search warrant was executed.
According the assistant state's attorney, the woman admitted to police that she bought, sold and used methamphetamine. The assistant state's attorney also stated that a confidential source had shot a video of the woman with drugs in her possession.
Anyone accused of a drug charge may wish to employ a criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney in a case like this one might attempt to argue that the prosecution's evidence had been obtained illegally. The attorney might also attempt to arrange for a favorable plea bargain, such as the plea deal in this case.
Source: Quincy Herald-Whig, "Griggsville woman admits guilt in meth case", Don O'Brien, August 04, 2014