Two in custody after search at Eighth and Jackson early Wednesday

Joseph Hardy
Posted: Sep. 5, 2012 9:03 am Updated: Sep. 19, 2012 9:15 am


Two people were arrested early Wednesday after the West Central Illinois Task Force, Adams County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team and the Quincy Police Department conducted an operation at Eighth and Jackson.

Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Patrick Frazier reported that a search warrant was served by the Sheriff's Special Response Team at 6:40 a.m. at 1227 S. 8th Street. Joseph D. Hardy, 23, of Quincy and Crystal L. Robertson, 22, of Hannibal, Mo., were arrested on the charge of aggravated unlawful participation of methamphetamine production.

Seized during the search were numerous items used in the shake-and-bake methamphetamine manufacturing process. Items included pseudophedrine, fertilizer spikes, lye, Coleman fuel, sulfuric acid and lithium batteries. Agents also seized unlawful prescription medicine and items of drug paraphernalia.

A 3-year-old child was discovered at the residence and was turned over to a family member. The Illinois and Missouri Department of Children and Family Services were contacted regarding the child and will initiating an investigation.

Hardy and Robertson remain lodged at the Adams County Jail.

Hardy was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on three charges, possession of methamphetamine precursors and DUI stemming from a July 9, 2011, incident and unlawful use of a weapon stemming from an April  2, 2011, incident.