Drug investigation leads to arrest of nine men, most on federal charges

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Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 4:05 pm Updated: Sep. 22, 2017 4:33 pm

QUINCY — Nine people have been arrested on methamphetamine- and gun-related charges.

The arrests resulted from an investigation in July and August when officers with the West Central Illinois Task Force, Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department zeroed in on people suspected of distributing methamphetamine ice in the Adams County area.

Officers say the investigation led to controlled purchases and seizures made from these people:

• Leshawn E. Stanbridge, 32, of 631 Madison, Quincy.

• Colton D. Parsons, 22, of 2407 Spruce, Quincy.

• Casey W. Lierly, 24, of 8212 Dawn Road, Fowler.

The deliveries and seizures led to the issuance of federal indictments for Standbridge, Parsons and Lierly on charges of distribution of methamphetamine in excess of 5 grams.

On Aug. 13, the investigation led to a traffic stop and arrest of Kyle J. Bergman, 31, of 2630 N. 12th, Quincy.

During the stop, Bergman was found to be in possession of a loaded .38-caliber Taurus handgun and about 53 grams of methamphetamine ice. Officers say the firearm was stolen.

Officers executed search warrants at two locations after the stop and say they found four more firearms, two of which were reported stolen. The firearms were an AR-15, .223-caliber rifle, a Ruger .44-caliber Magnum revolver, a Rossi .357-caliber Magnum revolver and a High Standard .22-caliber revolver.

The seizure resulted in Bergman’s indictment on federal charges of possession with intent to deliver 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to deliver 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

On Aug. 17, while conducting a search warrant at 2112 Rainbow Lane in Quincy, officers found about 11 pounds of methamphetamine ice and about 8 pounds of cannabis. Arrested in connection with the search were:

• John B. Varley, 40.

• Everett J. Humphrey, 60.

• Everett E. Humphrey, 30.

The seizure led to the issuance of federal indictments for Varley and Everett E. Humphrey on charges of possession with intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Everett J. Humphrey was charged in Adams County Circuit Court with manufacture or delivery of 900 or more grams of methamphetamine and manufacture or delivery of cannabis, 2,000 to 5,000 grams.

Before serving the search warrant on Rainbow Lane, officers saw a vehicle leave. Officers maintained surveillance on the vehicle, which led to a traffic stop near Astoria. The stop was conducted by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit. Seized during the stop was about 8 ounces of methamphetamine ICE and about 6 pounds of cannabis.

Arrested during the stop were Jason J. Ballard, 31, of Peoria, and Ryan C. Robinson, 33, of Denver.

Ballard and Robinson were indicted in federal court on a charge of possession with intent to deliver 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

The eight subjects with federal indictments are being held by the U.S. Marshals Service. Everett J. Humphrey had been held in the Adams County before posting bail.

Providing assistance during the investigation were the Adams County state’s attorneys office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.