Quincy woman enters not guilty plea in cannabis trafficking case

Ebony Werner
Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 6:30 pm Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 6:47 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy woman who was one of five accused of a large-scale cannabis trafficking operation has pleaded not guilty.

Court records show Ebony N. Werner, 28, entered her plea on one count of cannabis trafficking Tuesday in Adams County Circuit Court. Her case was placed on the November jury trial docket.

If convicted, she faces between six and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Werner and four others were arrested Aug. 26 after two traffic stops in Quincy where police reportedly found 85 pounds of cannabis with a total street value of $400,000 in the vehicles.

The West Central Illinois Task Force said the arrests stemmed from a multistate cannabis conspiracy investigation that started earlier this summer involving people importing and distributing large amounts of cannabis in the area.

Police said surveillance showed all five obtaining the cannabis and bringing it across state lines.

Also arrested and charged with cannabis trafficking were Deamontae L. Hill, 20, Maquealla M. Gholston, 26, Porter H. Peoples, 28, and Rashad L. Snoddy, 26.

Werner will appear in court for a status hearing Oct. 9. She continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $300,000 bond.

Hill, Gholston and Snoddy are set to return to court Sept. 19 for a preliminary hearing, and Peoples will appear Sept. 19 for arraignment.

Peoples and Snoddy also are being held in the jail on $300,000 bond. Hill is being held on a $250,000 bond, and Gholston $150,000.