Man Arrested in Key West: "I Thought Cocaine Wasn't Illegal in Florida"
A man arrested in Key West for cocaine possession had an interesting defense.
"I don't understand," he said according to police. "I thought cocaine wasn't illegal in Florida."
According to KeysInfo.net, a security guard at the Pier House Resort saw Guy Lanchester, 46, and two other walk onto the property at about 2 a.m. on Sunday and then heard a scream. The guard called police, who then showed up on the scene.
Officers said they saw Lanchester trying to ditch a small bagged of cocaine in a planter, and that's when Lanchester explained he thought coke was legal here.
No sir. Cocaine isn't the same as shooting an unarmed teenager. There's no confusion over as to whether or not that's legal in Florida.
Police then searched the planter and found less than a gram of cocaine. Lanchester was arrested on charges of tampering with evidence as well.
The two others with Lanchester were searched and let go.
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