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Probation Check Leads To Arrest of a Convicted Felon

A probation check leads Winter Haven Police to obtain a search warrant ending in the arrest of a convicted felon.

On April 17, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., Winter Haven Police officers were accompanying a State Probation Officer to the residence (121 Ave. D, SW, Winter Haven) of 33 year-old Christopher Berger (DOB 7-5-84) for a security check.

Officers made contact with Berger at the front door and upon entrance into the residence saw a baggie of white powder with the ends tied off sitting on a counter along with a digital scale. A large sum of US currency was also seen in Berger’s bedroom. Based on the findings, a search warrant was obtained to search the full residence.

Among the items that were located inside of the residence were the following:

-powdered cocaine (23.7 grams)
-cannabis (39.79 ounces)
-MDMA (14.3 grams)
-ecstasy (2.0 grams)
-alprazolam (Zanax) (47.7 grams)
-tapentadol (1.1 grams)
-white powdered substance (451.7 grams-tested positive for cocaine)
-$3,121.00 in U.S. currency

Berger was placed under arrest and booked into the Polk County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Sell within 1,000 Ft of a Church (F-1) F.S.S. 893.13(1)(E); Possession of MDMA over 10 Gr (F-1) F.S.S. 893.13(6)(C); Possession of Cannabis With Intent to Sell within 1,000 Ft of a Church (F2) F.S.S. 893.13(1)(E); Possession of Alprazolam (F3) F.S.S. 863.13(6A); Maintaining Structure for Keeping Controlled Substance (M1) F.S.S. 893.13(7)(A) and Possession of Prescription Drugs W/O Prescription (M2) F.S.S.  499.03(1).

Berger’s criminal history includes Possession of Cannabis over 20 grams, Possession of Cannabis w/intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine w/intent to sell, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Alprazolam, Possession of Hydrocodone, Keep/maintain Structure/dwell, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (X2), Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Mischief (X2), Domestic Violence Battery, DWLSR (X2), Resisting w/out Violence (X2), DUI, Battery (X2).

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