By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
It took an Adams County jury less than 15 minutes Thursday to find a Quincy man guilty of a methamphetamine charge.
Chikwado U. Emeka, 29, was found guilty on one count of unlawful possession of meth precursors. He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Frank McCartney on Aug. 21.
Emeka was arrested March 26 after an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. Task force officers set up a pill buy with the help of a confidential source. First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said task force officials communicated with Emeka through text messages, and the buy was set up to take place on Quincy's northwest side.
Farha said Emeka placed $50 and a box of cigarettes in the confidential source's car and took a box of pseudoephedrine pills from the glove compartment of the car.
Emeka was arrested by task force members during a traffic stop a few blocks from the scene in the 1700 block of College. Farha used videotape evidence to show that Emeka was in the car and that he had taken the pills, which are a key meth-making ingredient. Task force officers found the pills in the trunk of Emeka's vehicle.
The jury was out 13 minutes before coming back with its guilty verdict.
According to Adams County Court records, this is Emeka's first felony conviction. Emeka is eligible for probation. He has been free since posting $2,000 bond on April 1.