UNION COUNTY, NJ — A 28-year-old man from Union County was charged with illegally possessing a gun and illegal drugs with the intent to distribute, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.
Shaquan Little-Bethea of Elizabeth was charged with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Little-Bethea will have his initial appearance in court at a date to be determined.
According to documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers found out Little-Bethea was distributing drugs in Elizabeth in June of last year when he arranged to meet with an undercover agent to sell him the drugs.
Just before meeting, however, police said Little-Bethea drove away in his car before fleeing the scene on foot. After chasing him down, law enforcement officers caught Little-Bethea and recovered an H&K 9mm semi-automatic pistol, with 16 rounds of ammunition, along with 38 vials of crack cocaine and 17 envelopes of heroine.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the narcotics offense carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. In addition, the count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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