Key West police had a busy weekend arresting people allegedly involved in drug activity in Bahama Village.
They made three drug-related arrests just on Friday.
At about 8:30 a.m, Bicycle Officer Bradley Lariz quietly cruised up to a park near the foot of Catherine Street where he saw a man apparently smoking crack cocaine. Lariz called in Officer Henry Arroyo as backup, advising him to come around the other side of the park. From a hiding place, Lariz then saw the man put the pipe in a flashlight battery compartment and toss it on the ground. The officers came out and arrested Robert Rafael Amparo, 35, of Key West. The pipe tested positive for cocaine. Lariz charged Amparo with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At about 7:30 p.m., officers assigned to the Bahama Village Drug Task Force watched as a man rode his bicycle slowly back and forth on Thomas Street while looking around. They stopped him for not having a light on the bike. The man, Todd Mitchell Clark, 39, of Key West, allowed them to search him. They reportedly found a small plastic bag of cocaine powder on him. Clark went to jail, charged with possession of cocaine.
Then, at about 9:30 p.m., Detective Sgt. Bernardo Barrios, who head up the Key West Police Departmentís Street Crimes Unit, was at a corner in Bahama Village known for drug activity, when he encountered Carlos Solis, 27, of Key West. They struck up a conversation, during which Barrios noticed Solis had something in his mouth. It was a white, powdery substance, but Solis refused to open his mouth and began swallowing. Barrios tried to open Solis' mouth but Solis successfully swallowed the substance. Barrios arrested him for tampering with evidence and called an ambulance to take him to the emergency room. Barrios estimated he had swallowed about a gram of cocaine.
Solis turned out also to be wanted for giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. After Solis was checked out at the emergency room, he was taken to the jail.