BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — A judge in Florida did a double-take when a bailiff announced the name of a man arrested for drug possession as Edward Cocaine.
“What?” Judge John Jay Hurley said.
“My last name is Cocaine,” the man said while standing at the podium. A bailiff confirmed his last name is indeed Cocaine.
“You know, I’d thought I’d seen it all,” Hurley said while laughing and shaking his head. “How many times have the police told you to step out of the car during your life?”
“Just about every time I get pulled over,” a chuckling Cocaine admitted.
The 34-year-old Fort Lauderdale man, arrested Tuesday in Pembroke Pines, went on to explain how he got his last name.
“My great-grandparents came over here from Greece and they changed it,” he said. “That was like in the 1920s.”
When he addressed him as “Mr. Cocaine,” the judge said jokingly “It sounds like you won an award.”
Cocaine was arrested for possession of Xanax and was released on his own recognizance.
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