Guy Lanchester, 46, reportedly told Officer Darnell Sealy he didn't know why he was being arrested: "I don't understand. I thought cocaine wasn't illegal in Florida."
Sealy arrested Lanchester about 2 a.m. Sunday following a call from a Pier House security guard who saw Lanchester and two others walk onto the property, then heard a scream.
In addition to cocaine possession, Lanchester is charged with felony tampering with evidence. Sealy describes the second charge: "I asked Lanchester what he had in his hand and Lanchester quickly shoved his hands into the flower pot and yanked them back out."
Police found less than a gram of cocaine in the planter. Two people with Lanchester were searched, then released.
Lanchester works as a painter, according to booking information maintained by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.