Investigation nets two more methamphetamine arrests in Quincy

Candace C. Puff, left, and Amanda S. Brown
Posted: Feb. 8, 2013 10:56 pm Updated: Feb. 22, 2013 11:15 pm

Two Quincy women were arrested and are facing a number of methamphetamine charges as the result of an investigation initiated by the Quincy Police Department.

Members of the Quincy Police Department were dispatched to arrest a wanted subject in the 600 block of Adams in the southwest part of Quincy. Officers arrested Candace C. Puff, 35. She was wanted on an Adams County warrant for failure to appear on a petition to revoke.

While arresting Puff, officers discovered hydrocodone pills and methamphetamine. Puff was taken to the Adams County Jail where she is lodged.

Members of the QPD and the West Central Illinois Task Force executed a search warrant at Puff's residence in the 600 block of Adams. A number of items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were seized, authorities said. Puff was charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine, a Class X felony, and unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors.

On Friday, members of the task force and QPD returned to the residence and arrested Amanda S. Brown, 33. She was arrested on suspicion of four felony charges -- aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, methamphetamine-related child endangerment, unlawful possession of methamphetamine precursors and unlawful use of property. Two children, ages 9 and 14, were removed from the residence and turned over to family members. The Department of Children and Family Services has been notified and will initiate an investigation.

The Illinois State Police Meth Response Team assisted at the scene by disposing of lab materials.

Both Puff and Brown have previous records. Puff was out on bond. She had been a part of the Adams County Drug Court program as the result of two 2011 theft arrests and a 2010 burglary charge. She failed to appear at a re-sentencing hearing on Jan. 23 and a no-bond warrant was issued for her arrest. She made her first court appearance for her new charges on Friday afternoon. Her bond was set at $150,000.

Brown has one previous drug conviction on her record. She received 12 months conditional discharge in a 2010 drug case.