Two arrested on drug charges

Posted: Mar. 13, 2013 1:30 pm Updated: Mar. 29, 2013 12:15 am


A traffic stop and subsequent search of a residence early Wednesday morning resulted in the arrest of two Quincyans on drug charges.

At 3:03 a.m., police conducted a traffic stop of a black Buick whose occupants were found to be out on bond for a previous meth violation. A search of the car revealed a meth lab, officers said. Police then proceeded to search the couple's home at 609 Adams, where another meth lab and meth-making materials were found. A later search of 925 Elm, to which the couple was in the process of moving, was made. No illegal items were found at the Elm street house.

Taken into custody was Amanda S. Brown, 33, the driver, on suspicion of aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production and possession of methamphetamine manufacturing and Stephen T. Ballinger, 26, the passenger, on suspicion of aggravated unlawful participation of methamphetamine production, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of methamphetamine. Both were lodged in the Adams County Jail.

Quincy Police Department officers were assisted by the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team.