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      Meth house neighbors south-side school

      Police arrested Quincy and Hannibal residents Wednesday at an alleged meth house near Berrian Elementary School.

      Joseph D. Hardy, 23, of Quincy and Crystal L. Robertson, 22, of Hannibal were arrested.

      Hardy was charged with aggravated unlawful participation of methamphetamine production. Robertson was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

      The arrests came at 6:40 a.m. after the Sheriff's Special Response Team served a warrant at 1227 S. 8th Street in Quincy.

      The West Central Illinois Task Force, Adams County Sheriffs Office Special Response Team, and the Quincy Police Department conducted the early morning operation at 8th and Jackson.

      Agents seized numerous items used in the "shake and bake" methamphetamine manufacturing process. Those items included pseudoephedrine, fertilizer spikes, lye, Coleman fuel, sulfuric acid, and lithium batteries. Agents also seized unlawful prescription medication, and items of drug paraphernalia.

      A three-year-old child was discovered in the residence and was turned over to a family member. The Illinois and Missouri Department of Children and Family Services were contacted regarding the child and will be initiating an investigation.

      Hardy and Robertson are lodged in the Adams County Jail.