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Illinois police bust 2 people for trafficking meth

On May 2, Illinois authorities arrested a man and a woman for allegedly transporting methamphetamine into Quincy with the intent to sell it. The defendants are both residents of Missouri.

According to the West Central Illinois Task Force, officers were staking out an area near the 900 block of Jefferson Street when they saw a 2007 Dodge Nitro allegedly commit a traffic offense. When they pulled over the vehicle, a 37-year-old man exited the passenger side and attempted to run away. He was quickly apprehended. The driver, a 39-year-old woman, stayed at the scene.

When officers searched the Dodge, they allegedly discovered more than 50 grams of methamphetamine ice and a large quantity of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. The defendants were arrested and charged with multiple drug crimes. These charges include felony methamphetamine trafficking, felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, felony possession of oxycodone with the intent to deliver and felony possession of hydrocodone with the intent to deliver. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. Both defendants were booked into Adams County Jail. The woman was held on a $150,000 bond, and the man was held on a $100,000 bond.

Defendants convicted on felony drug charges could be sentenced to decades in prison and assessed heavy fines. In order to obtain a more positive outcome, many defendants choose to work with a criminal defense attorney. An attorney could review the evidence and work to poke holes in the prosecution's case. In some cases, this tactic could get the charges dismissed. In other circumstances, the attorney's efforts could lead to reduced charges and a lighter sentence.

Source: Herald-Whig, "Two arrested in Quincy on meth trafficking charges", May 8, 2018

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