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Elizabeth Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearm, Drug Trafficking


An Elizabeth man was charged today with illegally possessing a firearm and possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Shaquan Little-Bethea, 28, of Elizabeth, is charged by complaint with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Law enforcement officers received information that Little-Bethea was distributing controlled dangerous substances in Elizabeth. 

On June 2, Little-Bethea arranged to meet with an undercover law enforcement agent to sell him the drugs. 

However, before the meeting, 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.