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Convict Freed in Drug Lab Scandal Arrested Monday

Luis Quiles, who nearly pleaded guilty to drug charges Sept. 6, was arrested by MBTA police this week.

A man who was set to plead guilty to drug distribution charges but held off earlier this week due to the drug lab scandal was once again arrested.

Luis Quiles, 41, faced a charge of receiving stolen property in Boston Municipal Court Monday, according to Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

MBTA police arrested Quiles with another man at the Chinatown Station Monday morning. He later admitted to stealing 13 wristwatches from Macy’s, according to Boston.com.

Quiles was going to plead guilty to drug distribution charges Sept. 6 but prosecutors asked for a continuance because Annie Dookhan, the state chemist who allegedly mishandled evidence in an undetermined number of drug cases at the Jamaica Plain lab, tested evidence in Quiles’ case, according to Boston.com.

Boston.com also reports Quiles is a registered sex offender, convicted of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or over in 1990.

Quiles is due back in Boston Municipal Court Dec. 10 and Suffolk Superior Court Dec. 3.

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