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Trial delayed for Hannibal man charged in drug trafficking case

Anthony Hutton
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Aug. 31, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 11:40 pm

QUINCY -- The trial of a Hannibal, Mo., man accused of trafficking methamphetamine and prescription drugs into Quincy has been delayed.

Court records show that Anthony L. Hutton's case was on the Sept. 10 jury trial docket, but his attorney, Public Defender Chris Pratt, withdrew because of a conflict of interest during a hearing Friday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Hutton, 38, pleaded not guilty June 20 to charges of methamphetamine trafficking; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, hydrocodone; and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone.

He was arrested May 8 after officers with the West Central Illinois Task Force said they were conducting surveillance near the 900 block of Jefferson when Hutton and Darlene B. Elles of Benton City, Mo., arrived in a 2007 Dodge Nitro. Police said officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was driven by Elles, and Hutton tried to flee on foot. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

Police said they found more than 50 grams of methamphetamine ice and numerous oxycodone pills in the car.

Elles, 39, pleaded not guilty to identical charges July 11. Her next court appearance is set for Sept. 12.

Hutton is scheduled to return to court Sept. 5 with new counsel.

He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Elles is being held in the jail on $150,000 bond.

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