Polk County drug suspect dies from overdose following arrest
(BTLS Staff) BARTOW – A 31-year-old Sebring woman died Monday from a drug overdose, just six days after she was arrested with four others in Babson Park on illegal narcotics charges.
April Lynn Rollison passed away just before 11 pm at the Bartow Regional Medical Center. Preliminary tests indicate the deceased had amphetamines, methamphetamines, cocaine and cannabis in her system at the time of her death.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report Rollison had been abusing drugs since the age of 12 and had no face-to-face contact with family in two years. She was arrested on December 16th along with Walter Dukes, Stuart Lamphear and Walter Dukes III on narcotics and probation violation charges.
Deputies went to a home in the 900 block of Lindus Park Rd. after receiving several complaints from the neighborhood about a potential ‘drug house.’ Inside the residence, investigators confiscated marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
The suspects were transported to jail for processing where Rollison was observed to have two foreign objects in her vagina. She was taken to BRMC to have the items removed. In her possession hospital employees found crack cocaine, powdered cocaine and a glass cocaine pipe.
After she was medically cleared Rollison was transported back to jail to complete the booking process. A short time after arrival she went into medical distress and was taken back to BRMC.
The Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy and independent investigation into Rollison’s death. It is Polk County Sheriff’s Office policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when a person dies while in PCSO’s custody.
The other three suspects taken into custody with the deceased denied having any knowledge of the items Rollison was attempting to conceal from law enforcement.
Rollison was no stranger to PCSO. She had an arrest record going back over 10 years for a variety of crimes including drug possession, trespassing, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and violation of probation.