On March 11th, at 7:44 a.m., Samuel Alicea, 35 yrs old, entered the Lakeland Police Department to utilize the public restroom in the front lobby. One of the officers at the front desk heard a loud “thump” sound coming from the restroom. The officers concerned for the safety of Alicea knocked on the door several times and yelled out for a reply but to no avail.
Officers used a key to gain entry and discovered Alicea lying on the ground unconscious and unresponsive. The officer observed several personal items of Alicea on the sink which included measuring spoons, small plastic baggies commonly used to store drugs and a syringe. Alicea was bleeding from the arm and it appeared he has just injected himself. Alicea was transported to Lakeland Regional Health.
The substance in the syringe tested positive for heroin. After being released from the hospital, Alicea was transported to the Polk County Jail and charged with Possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Arrested: Samuel David Alicea, DOB 11/16/80, 814 N. Kentucky Avenue.