Quincy woman pleads guilty to meth charges

Carol Franklin and Rodney Rankin
Posted: Nov. 6, 2013 8:56 pm Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 10:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy woman admitted Wednesday to buying supplies needed to manufacture methamphetamine.

Carol A. Franklin, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of meth and one count of unlawful possession of meth precursors. She faces a sentencing cap of five years in prison when she is sentenced Dec. 19 by Judge Scott Walden. She was originally facing a more serious charge of aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing, but that count was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Franklin could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison without the plea agreement. She is eligible for probation. Franklin has one previous felony conviction for unlawful possession of a controlled substance in 1995.

She was one of two people who was arrested after officers with the West Central Illinois Task Force served a search warrant Aug. 14 at a residence in the 900 block of Jefferson on Quincy's southwest side. Adams County First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha said officers found items associated with the meth-manufacturing process, including liquid meth and plastic bottles inside Franklin's residence.

Farha said Franklin admitted to officers that she bought pseudoephedrine pills, a key meth-making ingredient, and Coleman fuel and gave them to Rodney E. Rankin so he could produce meth. She admitted to smoking meth the night before her arrest, Farha said.

Rankin, 48, also was arrested. He is facing aggravated unlawful meth-manufacturing charges. He has pleaded not guilty, and his case is on the January jury docket. His case was supposed to be on the November docket, but Farha said evidence sent to the Illinois State Crime Lab has yet to be returned.

Rankin has been free since posting $500 bond Sept. 5, a day after his bond was reduced from $100,000 to $5,000.