Delaware man arrested on slew of drug charges on New Year's Eve

- A Delaware man was arrested Thursday on charges of heroin possession and receiving stolen property.

According to a press release, New Castle County Police arrested 26-year-old Adam Lecates of Bear, Delaware on numerous drug charges and receiving stolen property after being taken into custody in the Middletown area.

The arrest came after a lengthy drug investigation.

Members of the New Castle County FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, New Castle County Criminal Investigations Unit, and the New Castle County Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) had been investigating Lecates for several months in regards to the selling of controlled substances in the Bear area. The sales were specific to the community of Sparrow Run.

The press release states that detectives found Lecates as he parked at a Wawa in Middletown.

He was approached by the officers and reportedly initially failed to comply with the officers’ demands after they requested to see his hands.

A brief struggle followed, and then Lecates was taken into custody without further incident.

After the arrest, police discovered over a dozen bags of heroin, several controlled prescription medications, and over $700 in suspected drug proceeds. The money was later seized.

Authorities also searched Lecates’ residence which revealed two stolen motorcycles and several rounds of ammunition. Due to a previous conviction, Lecates is prohibited from having any weapons or ammunition in his possession.

Lecates was charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

He also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest; including one from Delaware State Police and six various court capiases.

Lecates was arraigned and issued a $15,000 secured bail for the New Castle County Charges. He was then committed to Howard Young Correction Institution in lieu of his bail and a violation of probation.

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