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Elizabeth Drug Kingpin Convicted On All Charges

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ELIZABETH, NJ –  An Elizabeth  resident described as a drug kingpin by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office times has been found guilty of all 19 criminal charges against him following a two-month trial, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced  Nov. 10.

Luqman Abdullah , 34, had  eluded capture multiple times , becoming one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives. He was the primary target of a five-month joint investigation into large-scale drug sales in the city’s midtown neighborhood by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Elizabeth Police Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Police, and the FBI, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutors Julie Peterman and Jeremiah Lenihan, who prosecuted the case. On April 23, 2009, nearly seven pounds of cocaine – enough to fill 30,000 individual vials – plus more than 800 folds of heroin, two handguns, an AK-47 rifle, and hundreds of items used for the processing and packaging of cocaine were recovered from a stash house in Newark, Peterman and Lenihan said.

Abdullah, who was one of 25 sought in the round-up, .remained at large, following a police foot pursuit outside of a restaurant in a Middlesex County mall. He was also stopped a traffic stop in Clifton five months later, but he again escaped on foot. After being featured in the television program “America’s Most Wanted” and being listed among the FBI’s most wanted fugitives nationally, with members of the U.S. Marshals assisting in the pursuit, he turned himself in to police on December 28, 2012.

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Abdullah was convicted on charges including first-degree racketeering, first-degree racketeering conspiracy, first-degree maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility, first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, second-degree conspiracy, second-degree unlawful possession of an assault rifle, three second-degree weapons offenses, third-degree money laundering, multiple third-degree drug offenses, and two counts of fourth-degree resisting arrest.

Abdullah’s criminal record prior to trial included seven felony convictions for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to  burglary to other drug and weapons offenses – including a conviction connected to an incident in which he and others kidnapped a rival drug dealer, placed him in the trunk of his own vehicle, and sprayed the vehicle with gunfire. The victim, who survived, was rescued hours later by a passerby who heard his cries for help.

“Not only was this defendant a narcotics trafficker responsible for distributing massive quantities of illegal drugs into our streets, but he was brazen in his use of brutal violence as a means to an end to get what he wanted,” Prosecutor Park said. “Union County is a safer place as a result of this conviction.”  

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for January 6, 2017, before state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim, who presided over the trial. The state intends to file a motion for an extended term that could result in a sentence of up to life in state prison.

 

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