Quincy couple arrested on meth manufacturing charge

Christine Ward and Rodney Ward
Posted: Feb. 25, 2013 5:45 pm Updated: Mar. 11, 2013 6:15 pm

A Quincy couple was arrested on Monday morning on methamphetamine manufacturing charges.

Members of the West Central Illinois Task Force arrested Rodney C. Ward, 46, and Christine L. Ward, 49, after executing a search warrant in the 1700 block of Cherry. The Wards were arrested on charges of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production.

Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier of the Illinois State Police, head of the WCITF, said the charge against the Wards is aggravated because of the amount of psuedoephedrine found at the residence, 462 grams.

Adams County Circuit Clerk records show the Wards have previous meth-related arrests.

They were both arrested on Nov. 22, 2006, and Rodney Ward pleaded guilty to a meth possession charge and had a meth manufacturing charge dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 months probation in Drug Court on Feb. 8, 2007. He successfully completed probation in March 2009.

Christine Ward pleaded guilty to a meth possession charge and had a meth delivery charge dropped as part of a plea agreement. She was sentenced to 24 months of first offender non-judgement probation on March 26, 2007, and completed that on May 5, 2009.

Officers with the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team, Adams County Sheriff's Department and the Quincy Police Department assisted at the scene.