By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Quincy woman was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on Thursday after pleading guilty to a methamphetamine charge.
Candace C. Puff, 35, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of unlawful participation in meth manufacturing, a Class 1 felony. Puff was originally charged with aggravated meth manufacturing. In exchange for her plea, three other charges against her were dismissed. Instead of waiting for a pre-sentence investigation to be done, Puff agreed to be sentenced immediately by Judge William Mays.
On Feb. 7 members of the Quincy Police Department 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. Puff was wanted on an Adams County warrant for failure to appear on a petition to revoke probation from two 2011 theft charges and a 2010 burglary charge. Puff was unsuccessfully discharged from probation in all three cases. Puff received a sentence to the Adams County Drug Court program in those cases.
Puff was one of two people arrested. Amanda S. Brown, 33, has entered a not guilty plea to her charges. She is facing a charge of aggravated meth manufacturing, a Class X felony. Two children, ages 9 and 14, were removed from the residence and turned over to family members after she was arrested. She has been free since posting $5,000 bond on Feb. 11.