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LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A Shelby man, an accused drug dealer, was busted in Lincolnton Thursday following a brief vehicle and foot chase, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say they were tipped-off by concerned citizens that 29-year-old Kelan Debarge Brown, of Shelby, was taking orders for drugs at an apartment complex in Lincolnton and delivering the drugs at nearby businesses.

The six-month-long investigation came to an end Thursday when an unmarked Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy attempted a traffic stop on Brown's vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office says Brown, who doesn't have a driver's license, fled, crashed the car into a fence, then attempted to elude officers on foot. Brown was apprehended a short time later.

Brown dropped a baggie of cocaine by the vehicle, officials say.

Brown is charged with one felony count each of possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest, along with driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance Schedule VI, all misdemeanors.

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