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Samuel Oliphant arrest: Scottsdale police say man made 'complex,' 'elaborate' system to smoke drugs

Posted at 2:37 PM, Jul 01, 2016

Scottsdale police arrested a 35-year-old man on Thursday after allegedly finding a make-shift drug lab in his apartment.

Police said Samuel J. Oliphant had designed and built a "very complex and elaborate" system inside his apartment for the purpose of smoking illegal drugs.

Staff at the apartment complex, Optima Sonoran Village, noticed a "strong and unusual odor" coming from Oliphant's apartment on Thursday and contacted police.

Police announced the arrest on Friday.

Authorities went inside and found the make-shift lab and marijuana. Because of how the lab was designed, they had the Hazardous Materials Team respond to dismantle it.

Marijuana was also found in the unit.

Oliphant was arrested and booked into jail for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and an outstanding warrant.

Police commended the apartment staff for contacting them.

"They observed something that did not look right and contacted the authorities," said Officer Kevin Watts, spokesman for Scottsdale Police Department, in a media release.

The lab was only found in one apartment and no one was hurt.