Man arrested on drug charges

A 41-year-old Key Largo man was arrested Saturday after a litany of drugs, syringes and pipes were found in his possession.

Bryce Dennis Oliphant was charged with multiple counts of drug possession and drug paraphernalia. He also had a warrant for smuggling contraband into a detention facility.

Sgt. Nick Whiteman was pumping gas at the Marlin gas station in Islamorada at approximately 11 a.m. when a Nissan sedan parked at the gas pump next to him. Sgt. Whiteman noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. He also noticed the female driver’s two children — ages 13 and 14 — where sharing the single front passenger seat. The driver stated she did not have a medical marijuana card. She stated the male in the backseat was smoking marijuana. The male in the backseat, later identified as Oliphant, appeared nervous.

Oliphant initially gave Sgt. Whiteman a false name. Oliphant was detained. The following were found in Oliphant’s possession:

  • 10 syringes, one of which was in the crack of his buttocks.
  • 3 glass pipes
  • A small amount of marijuana
  • 4.8 grams of methamphetamine
  • A small amount of crack cocaine
  • .2 grams of heroin

Oliphant was taken to jail.

The Florida Department of Children and Families were notified of the incident.