By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Two Quincy men who were arrested as part of a raid on a Quincy residence in September pleaded guilty to methamphetamine charges and were sentenced to time in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Friday morning.
Darren R. Richie, 27, and Cody A. Brown, 22, each made guilty pleas to an amended charge stemming from a Sept. 24 arrest. They pleaded guilty to unlawful participation in methamphetamine production. Each was facing Class X felony charges of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production. Richie received a six-year sentence to the DOC, while Brown received a five-year sentence.
Richie and Brown were two of five people who were arrested after the West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant on a residence at 1104 North 10th.
According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, members of the West Central Illinois Task Force found a number of materials needed in the manufacture of meth when it executed the search warrant. Farha said officers found people inside the house trying to bury items in the basement. Farha said the officers found three "one-pot" shake and bake meth labs.
Both Brown and Richie made frequent purchases of pseudophedrine in the months before their arrest. Farha said the National Precursor Log Exchange reported that Brown had purchased 11 boxes of pseudophedrine pills since March 2012. The NPLEX register showed that Richie had purchased six boxes of pseudophedrine pills since June 21.
Brown and Richie had both been lodged in the Adams County Jail since their arrests. Each were given credit for 68 days served.
Also arrested as part of the case were Kayla N. Demoss, 23, Justin K. Richie, 28, and Alex M. Stinnett, 29. All three have entered not guilty pleas to their charges. Stinnett's case has been placed on the January jury docket, while Demoss and Justin Richie are on the Febrary docket. Stinnett is still be lodged in the Adams County Jail, while Demoss and Justin Richie are out on bond. Demoss posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond on Oct. 5. Justin Richie posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond on Oct. 17.