Convicted felon, Elizabeth drug dealer charged

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NEWARK, N.J. – A convicted felon from Elizabeth has been charged by the Department of Justice after selling drugs to an undercover law enforcement agent.

The agency today said Shaquan Little-Bethea, 28, was charged by complaint 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.

The Department of Justice said in a statement, law enforcement officers received information that Little-Bethea was distributing controlled dangerous substances in Elizabeth.  On June 2, 2021, Little-Bethea arranged to meet with an undercover law enforcement agent to sell him the drugs. Just before the meeting, however, Little-Bethea drove away in his car before fleeing on foot.

“After a pursuit, law enforcement officers apprehended Little-Bethea and recovered an H&K, model VP9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, with 16 rounds of ball ammunition, along with 38 clear vials containing suspected crack cocaine and 17 glassine envelopes of suspected heroin,” U.S. Attorney Sellinger said.

The DOJ stated, the narcotics offense carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $1 million. 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 fine of $250,000.