Posted Online: Nov. 29, 2012, 10:54 pm

Altona man enters guilty plea to meth charge

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By Lisa Hammer correspondent@qconline.com

CAMBRIDGE — Jeremy Huffman, 37, of Altona on Thursday pleaded guilty in Henry County Circuit Court to Class 1 felony methamphetamine manufacturing and Class 3 felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

In exchange for his guilty plea, he will have a cap of eight years on any prison term.

The state also agreed to dismiss felony counts of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, possession of anhydrous ammonia, possession of methamphetamine-making material, possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing precursors, use of a structure for the manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of anhydrous ammonia in an unauthorized container and a second count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

The charges were filed on March 11, 2011 following the execution of a search warrant by the Black Hawk Area Task Force and the Illinois State Police at Mr. Huffman's home at 14848 South County Road, rural Altona.

Authorities entered the home at 4:47 a.m. to find a strong odor of chemicals, according to Assistant State's Attorney Brian Kerr, who said the residence was immediately vented to release the fumes.

He said items found included two zip lock baggies with suspected methamphetamine, a small plastic bag with .2 grams of suspected methamphetamine, receipts for pseudoephedrine and Coleman fuel, plastic tubing with white residue, a blender with ephedrine residue, a .7mm bullet, three .22 caliber bullets with the bullets in a magazine, and in the basement, an HCL generator, coffee filters, and an 11-ounce can of starting fluid.

Sentencing was set for Jan. 25.