Quincy woman admits guilt in meth case

Buffy Bence
Posted: Dec. 17, 2013 6:12 pm Updated: Dec. 31, 2013 8:15 pm
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy woman on Tuesday admitted to her role in a methamphetamine case in Adams County Circuit Court.

Buffy J. Bence, 36, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials. She faces a sentencing cap of four years in prison when she is sentenced Feb. 27 by Judge Scott Walden. She is eligible for probation. A charge of aggravated unlawful meth manufacturing against Bence was dismissed.

Bence was one of two people arrested July 29 after an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. Task force officers served a search warrant in the 400 block of Oak Street. First Assistant State’s Attorney Gary Farha said Bence and Joshua C. Myers, 29, of Quincy were found upstairs in the residence in a room filled with meth manufacturing materials. Farha said that corner-cut baggies that field-tested positive for meth were among the items found in the room.

Farha said Bence told officers that she had started to use the drug in the three months before her arrest. She said she supplied Myers pseudoephedrine pills, a key meth-making ingredient, and lithium batteries. Farha said that Bence’s name appeared on the National Precuror Exchange Log, which tracks pseudoephedrine purchases, 10 times, the most recent being 10 days before her arrest.

Farha said Myers was the main cook and that Bence shared a residence with him. Two children, who were ages 15 and 10 at the time of the arrest, living at the residence at the time the search warrant was served were removed.

Myers pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful meth manufacturing Nov. 14. He was admitted into the Adams County Drug Court program. In addition to the 30 months probation, Myers was sentenced to 360 days in the Adams County Jail, but had that jail time stayed pending review.