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Man Arrested In Downtown Drug Investigation




Lesley Quarles

Lesley Quarles

A version of this article was posted to ArchboldBuckeye.com at 4:45 pm, Monday, Sept. 9.

Lesley Jerome Quarles, 33, Archbold, was arrested Monday morning, Sept. 9, in downtown Archbold, after Archbold police and other law enforcement officers searched Darla’s Consignment Shop, 112 North Defiance Street.

Quarles is the proprietor of the consignment shop, which opened earlier this year.

A spokesman for the Defi- ance County Adult Probation Department said Quarles is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on a charge of violating community control sanctions.

He was originally placed on community control by the Defiance County Common Pleas Court on a charge of trafficking in cocaine.

Quarles was originally indicted by a Defiance County grand jury in April 2011 on charges of trafficking in cocaine and permitting drug abuse.

Quarles entered a guilty plea to trafficking in cocaine in December 2011.

A “closed” sign was hung on the front door of Darla’s Consignment Shop, 112 North Defiance Street, after Archbold police and other law enforcement officers searched the building, Monday. Police have confirmed that one person was arrested in connection with an ongoing drug investigation.– photo by David Pugh

A “closed” sign was hung on the front door of Darla’s Consignment Shop, 112 North Defiance Street, after Archbold police and other law enforcement officers searched the building, Monday. Police have confirmed that one person was arrested in connection with an ongoing drug investigation.– photo by David Pugh

He was sentenced on January 23, 2012, to four years of community control.

The court also ordered him not to enter bars or taverns or consume or possess alcohol, and pay $600 in restitution to the MAN Unit, plus costs and supervision fees.

The Defiance County court reserved an 11-month prison sentence for Quarles as part of his sentence.

Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, said an investigation is underway. Quarles could be charged by local police if evidence of crimes committed in Archbold are found.

Schmidt said officers from APD, the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force (MAN Unit), and the Defiance County Adult Probation Department, along with the Wauseon Police Department K-9 unit, searched the consignment shop and the apartment upstairs.

Those working in Archbold’s downtown historic district noticed several police cars in the area after 9 am on Monday.

The cars remained at the consignment shop building much of the morning.

Tuesday afternoon, the store had a “closed” sign posted.

That search, Schmidt said, was “part of an ongoing drug investigation.”

Officers did not have a warrant to search the building, but when the person whose property is being searched is under community control, a warrant is not required.

Schmidt declined to provide further detail about the case.–David Pugh


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