Police & Courts

Hannibal man pleads not guilty in Adams County drug-trafficking case

Anthony Hutton
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 5:00 pm Updated: Jun. 20, 2018 6:16 pm

QUINCY -- A Hannibal, Mo., man faces up to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted of the most severe charge he faces after being accused of trafficking methamphetamine into Quincy.

Anthony L. Hutton, 37, pleaded not guilty to the drug charges Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court. His case was placed on the Aug. 13 jury trial docket.

Hutton was indicted last month by an Adams County grand jury on charges of methamphetamine trafficking; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, hydrocodone; and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone.

Hutton was arrested May 8 after officers with the West Central Illinois Task Force said they were conducting surveillance near the 900 block of Jefferson when Hutton and Darlene B. Elles of Benton City, Mo., arrived in a 2007 Dodge Nitro. Police said officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was driven by Elles, and Hutton tried to flee on foot. He was arrested after a short foot chase.

Police said they found more than 50 grams of methamphetamine ice and numerous oxycodone pills in the car.

Hutton faces between 12 and 60 years in prison if convicted of the trafficking charge, between six and 30 years on the methamphetamine delivery charge, and between three and seven years on the possession charges.

He faces the possibility of consecutive sentences if convicted of one of the methamphetamine charges and one of the charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Hutton will return to court July 18 for a status hearing. He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Elles was also indicted last month on charges of methamphetamine trafficking; possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine; unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, hydrocodone; and unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, oxycodone.

Elles is set to return to court Wednesday for appearance with new counsel. She is being held in the Adams County Jail on $150,000 bond.

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