Two arrested in meth lab bust on Spruce each face four felony charges

Field Wolf
Posted: Jan. 8, 2013 4:03 pm Updated: Jan. 22, 2013 4:15 pm
Christina Rife

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

New and more serious charges were filed Tuesday against two people arrested after the seizure of a major methamphetamine lab on Quincy's northwest side on Monday.

Field M. Wolf, 31, and Christina M. Rife, 34, each face four felony charges. Originally charged on Monday with unlawful participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class 1 felony, the pair also was charged Tuesday with a Class X felony count of unlawful methamphetamine conspiracy, a Class 2 felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm and a Class 3 felony charge of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

If found guilty of the most serious Class X felony charge, Wolf and Rife could be sentenced to between 8 and 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and fined up to $200,000. The Class 1 felony carries a DOC term of between 4 and 15 years and a fine of up to $25,000. Penalties for the Class 2 gun charge are between 3 and 7 years in the DOC, while the Class 3 felony count has a sentencing range between 2 and 5 years.

While reading the probable cause statement during the hearing, First Assistant State's Attorney Laura Keck said that officers found a .25 caliber Excam semi-automatic pistol inside a gun case in the bedroom where law enforcement officials found Wolf and Rife. Keck said the gun case also had a white power inside that tested positive for methamphetamine. Keck said the pistol was reported missing on June 8, 2011.

Officers from the Adams County Sheriff's Department and West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant at 412 Spruce on Monday morning. The agents found more than 500 "one-pot" shake and bake meth labs inside the residence. They also found numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials called it one of the biggest meth lab seizures they had ever seen.

According to the charging document, Wolf and Rife had been manufacturing meth at the residence for more than two years. The first charge against each said that they had consipired to make meth between Nov. 9, 2010 and Jan. 7, 2013.

Judge Robert Adrian read each count against Wolf and Rife as they stood on opposite sides of the courtroom. Around 10 friends and family members of the accused filled the back rows of Courtroom 1A.

Both Wolf and Rife asked to be defended by public defenders. Chief Public Defender Holly Henze will handle Rife's defense, while Public Defender Todd Nelson was assigned to Wolf's defense.

Adrian set bond for both Wolf and Rife at $200,000. Wolf will make his next court appearance on Thursday. Rife's next scheduled court appearance is Tuesday.