- Published on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:04
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police arrested 23-year-old Lionel Leforte Waterman, Jr., of Wilmington on December 7th, after he sold heroin to an undercover police officer.
According to the police report, on December 7th Carolina Beach Detective Scott Hettinger was contacted by officers regarding a male subject that accidentally contacted one of the officer's by cell phone trying to sell him bags of heroin. The officer advised Hettinger he received a missed call from a random phone number and called the number back. The person he called back said he didn't call but he had "those bags."
The officer knew the subject, later identified as Waterman, was referring to heroin and said he lived in Carolina Beach and told Waterman he would call him in
the morning. The next day the officer received a text message on his cell phone from Waterman saying he had heroin saying, "I'm good" or "I got the stuff."
Waterman continued to text message and called the officer on December 7th, at 8:45am and said "got fire dope."
The officer advised Waterman he could not get down his way but had money if Waterman could bring it to Carolina Beach.
According to the report, "The suspect said how much do you got. Officer advised he had four bills if you can bring it to me. The suspect then said, "Call me yo." Officer said, "I will". After multiple text messages and phone calls the suspect now known as Lionel Leforte Waterman, Jr. called and said he would be on his way to Carolina Beach."
According to the report, "Waterman called multiple times on the way and tried to get officer to meet in the Sea Breeze area. Officer refused and said he wasn't leaving the beach and would meet at the Food Lion parking lot or wasn't meeting at all."
Detective Hettinger set up with patrol units in various locations at the shopping center to prepare for a "buy bust."
At 11:32 Hettinger met with Waterman at the Wells Fargo ATM machine in the Food Lion parking lot. Waterman had a clear bag in his hand and Hettinger exchanged four hundred dollars in Carolina Beach Police Buy Money for thirty bags of heroin. Waterman told Hettinger there were three bundles there. Hettinger left the area and informed the other officers the deal was complete.
Patrol units converged in the area and stopped a silver in color Ford Taurus that was at the stop sign at the shopping center entrance. There was a black female driver now known as Daquaisha Carter.
As patrol units stopped the vehicle, Waterman was trying to get into the passenger door. As an officer challenged Waterman he started running north in the Food Lion parking lot. As Waterman got to the end of the shopping center with officers chasing him there were multiple Carolina Beach firefighters blocking his route from continuing north and funneled
Waterman back towards the officer's as an unknown male subject tired to grab Waterman but missed and then pushed Waterman. At that point an officer was able to deploy his taser and take the suspect into custody right in front of a Judge's personal vehicle that was at the Food Lion shopping center at that time. The judge was standing near the vehicle when the incident occured.
The money used to buy the heroin was located in the jacket pocket that Waterman threw during the chase as well as an additional $210.50. Waterman was arrested for felony Sell/Deliver Heroin, misdemeanor Possession of Drug
Paraphernalia and misdemeanor resist, delay and obstruct. The female driver was charged with conspiracy to sell/deliver heroin as well as maintaining a vehicle for the use/sale of a controlled substance. Both were taken to the New Hanover County jail in front of the magistrate.
As of Tuesday December 17th, Waterman was still in jail under a $30,000 secured bond.