By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A Griggsville woman pleaded guilty to unlawful methamphetamine delivery during a hearing Monday in Adams County Circuit Court.
Christina S. Hyer, 48, faces a sentencing cap of up to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections when she is sentenced Sept. 25 by Judge Scott Walden. A more serious charge of aggravated unlawful participation in meth manufacturing was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Hyer is eligible for probation. Without the plea agreement, she could have been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
Hyer's sentencing cap matches the time in prison that a co-conspirator in her case received. Max E. Trone, 43, of Quincy was sentenced to six years in prison in May on a meth delivery charge.
Hyer was arrested after an investigation by the West Central Illinois Task Force. Officers served a search warrant on the residence where Trone and Hyer lived in the 900 block of North 12th. Task force officers were investigating meth trafficking from Missouri.
Police reported finding 6.7 grams of meth hidden under a seat cushion on the sofa. Police said a 5-year-old child was sitting on top of where the meth was found. Agents seized crystal methamphetamine, packaging, scales and drug paraphernalia during the search.
Hyer was not at the residence at the time of the search warrant. She was arrested during a traffic stop nearby.
Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones said Hyer told police that she used meth. She admitted to police that she bought and sold the drug, Jones said. Jones said police had surveillance video shot by a confidential source that showed Hyer with the drugs in her possession.
Hyer has been free since posting $5,000 bond Sept. 18 when she made her first court appearance.