Sheriff’s officials say a 31-year-old woman died a week after being taken to a hospital to have a crack pipe removed from her body.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports April Rollison was arrested on drug charges Dec. 16. During a body scan at the Polk County Jail, deputies spotted two items inside her vagina.
While at Bartow Regional Medical Center in a private room, a nurse and deputy sheriff saw Rollison with a prescription pill bottle in her hand containing two grams of crack cocaine and a white substance, later identified as cocaine, on the floor. An exam was completed on Rollison and a glass crack cocaine pipe was removed from her vagina. Rollison was medically cleared and released from Bartow Regional Medical Center and transported back to Jail booking.
Upon arrival at booking, Rollison went into medical distress and she was transported back to Bartow Regional Medical Center by Polk County Fire and EMS. She remained in critical condition until she passed away at 10:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Bartow Regional Medical Center.
The PCSO says preliminary tests showed that Rollison tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, and cannabis.
According to family members, Rollison has been using drugs since the approximate age of 12 years old. Family members told investigators they had not had face to face contact with Rollison in approximately two years.
The Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy and independent investigation. It is Polk County Sheriff’s Office policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when a person who had been in PCSO custody dies. The PCSO Administrative Investigations Section is conducting an internal review and investigation. The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting the death investigation.
The Polk County Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. The State Attorney’s Office was notified on Dec. 17 of Rollison’s admission to Bartow Regional Medical Center and her condition—they will conduct an independent review/investigation of the death investigation.
The three people arrested on drug charges with Rollison all denied any knowledge of Rollison hiding items inside of her.
Rollison, whose last known address was in Sebring, was charged by affidavit; but was not booked into the Jail. She was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. The PCSO says that Rollicon’s criminal history included multiple drug charges.