Palmyra woman admits to delivering heroin in Quincy

Anita Jennings
Posted: Mar. 15, 2013 10:16 pm Updated: Mar. 30, 2013 2:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Palmyra, Mo., woman pleaded guilty Friday in Adams County Court to a charge of heroin delivery.

Anita A. Jennings, 27, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony. Jennings was originally charged with delivery of between one gram and 15 grams of heroin. The amended charge stated that she delivered less than one gram.

First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said that because Jennings had passed more than 20 urine analysis tests and had gone through counseling, she would be allowed a sentence of probation when Judge Scott Walden sentences her May 6.

Without the plea negotiation, Jennings would have been subject to between three and seven years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Farha said Jennings was caught selling heroin to a confidential source as part of an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. He said Jennings and the confidential source met Sept. 27 in a restaurant parking lot in the 1300 block of Broadway in Quincy. The confidential source gave Jennings $300 in exchange for 35 capsules that contained heroin. Farha said the standard way that heroin is delivered is in capsule form. Capsules sold in the bust were sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, where they tested positive for heroin.

Jennings has no previous felony convictions, which is another reason why she will receive probation. She has been free since posting $4,000 bond Sept. 28.