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02/27/2014 10:48 am ET Updated Feb 27, 2014

Man Arrested For Cocaine Possession Thought Drug 'Wasn't Illegal In Florida.' He Was Wrong.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

They say that what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's terribly misleading when it comes to drug laws.

A man arrested Sunday for cocaine possession told police in Key West that he "thought cocaine wasn't illegal in Florida," NBC Miami reports. He was wrong.

Ignorance aside, authorities still arrested Guy Lanchester, 46, charging him with cocaine possession and felony tampering with evidence. Police say that Lanchester was caught suspiciously tossing a small plastic bag filled with white powder behind a planter.

In fact, cocaine is very illegal in Florida and elsewhere. It is a schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

Still, Lanchester told police, "I don't understand," according to the Miami New Times.

Or in the words of George Costanza, "Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon..."

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