ELIZABETH — A Union County Grand Jury indicted an Elizabeth man last week on charges of first degree distribution of heroin and various weapon offenses, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced yesterday.
Raymond Fitzgerald, 36, was arrested on Feb. 8 in Elizabeth. He was being sought after he failed to appear in court on a day he was to be sentenced to state prison on a separate drug charge.
Fitzgerald spent nearly two years on the run before his arrest in February, authorities said. Officials said that Fitzgerald had heroin on his person and at an apartment in Newark at the time of his arrest and he is charged with selling over 4,000 bags of illegal drug to dealers in Essex and Union counties.
Police also recovered five handguns, a bulletproof vest and hollow point bullets from Fitzgerald’s apartment.
Romankow commended Elizabeth Police Detective James Malone for his role in the investigation and the Union County Forensics Laboratory for processing evidence and positively linking seized items to Fitzgerald.
If found guilty on the charges, Fitzgerald faces life in prison.
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