Assault complaint in Dewey Beach leads to drug arrests

Date Published: 
May 12, 2017

The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit this week arrested four people following an investigation into an assault complaint.

On Friday, May 5, police said, troopers were dispatched to an assault complaint at the Sea Esta Motel IV in Dewey Beach. Responding troopers made contact with two victims who both suffered facial injuries from an apparent assault, they reported.

Through the investigation, police said, it was learned that the victims were familiar with the suspects, named Ardarious Cato and Victorian West. The assault had occurred inside their motel room during a drug-related incident, according to the DSP.

An ambulance was contacted and responded to the scene. Both victims were transported to Beebe Healthcare with serious but non-life threatening injuries, were treated and later released from the hospital.

Troopers and the Rehoboth Beach Police Department worked together to locate the suspects in the assault. Information was received that the suspects were on Norwood Street in West Rehoboth. Upon arrival, officers obtained consent to enter the residence and, while inside the residence, the officers reported that they observed a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana in plain view.

Police said all subjects inside the residence were then contacted, which included Ardarius Cato, Marteze Waples and Brandon White. They said Brandon White resisted arrest by attempting to flee but was arrested without further incident.

Both of Marteze Waples’ two children (both younger than 5) were present and later turned over to a family member, police noted. Suspected crack cocaine in an amount of more than 26 grams and suspected marijuana in an amount of more than 20 grams were seized during the initial contact, police said.

The Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit executed a search-and-seizure warrant for the residence and vehicles on the property on Norwood Street. A further search of the residence was conducted, which revealed additional contraband, including more than 63 grams of suspected crack cocaine, more than 44 grams of suspected marijuana, a .380 auto handgun and more than $19,600 in suspected drug proceeds.

Victorian West received information she was wanted and turned herself in at Troop 7, Lewes, during the investigation, police said.

Ardarius D. Cato, 29, and Victorian West, 30, both of Rehoboth Beach, were transported to Troop 7 and arrested on two counts each of Assault 2nd ; two counts of Unlawful Imprisonment 1st, Conspiracy 2nd degree, two counts of Terroristic Threatening and two counts of Endangering the Welfare.

Ardarius Cato was also arrested for Possession with the Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine Tier 4, PWITD Cocaine Tier 4, two counts of Possession Tier 5 Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana Tier 5, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Conspiracy 2nd , two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of Endangering the Welfare.

Brandon D. H. White, 25, of Rehoboth Beach was transported to Troop 7 and arrested for Possession with the Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine Tier 4, PWITD Cocaine Tier 4, two counts of Possession Tier 5 Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana Tier 5, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, Conspiracy 2nd, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, two counts of Endangering the Welfare and Resisting Arrest.

Marteze D. Waples, 29, of Rehoboth Beach was transported to Troop 7 and arrested for Possession with the Intent to Deliver Crack Cocaine Tier 4, PWITD Cocaine Tier 4, two counts of Possession Tier 5 Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana Tier 5, Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited, Conspiracy 2nd, Endangering the Welfare and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The court and bond amounts were pending early this week.