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      Drug task force responds to Quincy fire

      The West Central Illinois Task Force was called to the scene of the fire at 525 College Street to investigate.

      Suspicious circumstances prompted Quincy firefighters to call in the West Central Illinois Task Force Thursday.

      Firefighters responded to a fire at 524 College Street where smoke was seen coming from the kitchen area and half of the duplex was affected.

      According to a press release, items related to the production and manufacturing of methamphetamine were found.

      Master Sergeant David Roll with the Illinois State Police reports that "finished" methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were also located inside the house.

      Following an investigation, arrest warrants were issued for aggravated participation in methamphetamine production for 25-year-old Joseph D. Hardy and 27-year-old Jodi M. Curley. Both were arrested in Taylor, Mo. on Friday by members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force assisted by members of the NEMO Task Force.

      Hardy also faces an outstanding parole violation warrant.

      Hardy and Curley are both lodged in the Marion County Jail.