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Warrant Served on Winter Haven Home Yields Narcotics and Weapons

Posted November 20th, 2017

On 11/16/17, members of the Winter Haven Police Department served a warrant on the residents at 2208 Central Ave. W. Detectives started an investigation into the occupants at the home after multiple complaints were received for possible narcotics activity.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., members of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrived at the home where 45 year-old Luis Rovira lives. Also in the home was 31 year-old April Biggs (Oleander Dr SE, Winter Haven) and 37 year-old Tonya Barrett (Gulf Stream Dr., Lake Alfred).

Rovira, who has two previous arrests for armed trafficking in methamphetamines, was expected to have weapons inside of the residence. Officers knocked loudly and announced their presence multiple times with no response. Based on the possibility of weapons being inside of the residence, a forceful entry was made with a distraction device being thrown into the home. Initially Rovira ran towards a back bedroom, but he was immediately taken into custody without further incident. Both Biggs and Barrett were apprehended without incident.

A search of the home uncovered more than 2 oz. (64 grams) of methamphetamine and .5 grams of liquid meth, 1.6 grams of cocaine, 57 methylphenidate hydrochloride pills (no prescription), pipes, scales, needles and baggies. Several types of ammo magazines and 368 rounds of rifle, pistol and shotgun ammunition was also found inside of the residence. A total of 15 firearms were recovered to include shotguns, pistols and rifles. At this time, none of the firearms recovered have been identified as stolen.

The charges for all three are as follows:

   Rovira, Luis: Armed Trafficking in Amphetamine (F.S.S. 893.135 (1)(F) FL; Possession of Cocaine (F.S.S. 893.13(6A) F3; Possession of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) W/O Prescription (F.S.S. 893.13(6A) F3; Maintain Structure For Keeping Control Substance (FS.S. 893.13(7)(A) M1; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (F.S.S. 893.147(1) M1; Resisting Officer W/O Violence (F.S.S. 843.02) M1

  Barrett, Tonya: Possession of Methamphetamine (F.S.S. 893.13(6A) F3; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (F.S.S. 893.147(1) M1; Resisting Officer W/O Violence (F.S.S. 843.02) M1

   Biggs, April: Possession of Methamphetamine (F.S.S. 893.13(6A) F3; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (F.S.S. 893.147(1) M1; Resisting Officer W/O Violence (F.S.S. 843.02) M1