TEMPLE — A Temple man under investigation by the Bell County Organized Crime Unit was in Bell County Jail on Friday awaiting an appearance before a federal judge in Waco on a drug distribution charge, according to a news release.

Quentin Lavelle Jeffries, 34, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Nolanville.

Jeffries was charged in U.S. District Court with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

An investigation determined Jeffries was suspected of distributing large amounts of cocaine in

the Temple and Killeen areas.

During the investigation, agents seized crack cocaine and powder cocaine with a street value of more than $10,000.

Agents also found a handgun and a large sum of money, according to the release.

Before 1998, Jeffries had misdemeanor convictions.

On July 14, 1998, he was convicted in Bell County of possession of a controlled substance, more than 1 gram but less than 4 grams, and sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Jeffries’ parole was revoked on May 30, 2000, and he was sentenced to three years in prison.

The remaining misdemeanor convictions were for possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, evading arrest or detention, assault causing bodily injury and lesser crimes. Jeffries was released on May 26, 2002.

Bail had not been set by press time Friday.

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