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An Illinois man facing a court date for cocaine charges decided to bring some cocaine with him to the courthouse.
Alex Robinson was previously arrested for cocaine delivery in 2006 and was due in court for a probation hearing on a drug charge earlier this week.
When the 37-year-old man showed up at the courtroom, he had to go through security screening. That's when he allegedly put a baggie containing three grams of cocaine onto a security tray, reports the Huffington Post.
Immediately realizing his error, Robinson allegedly tried to flee the scene. Given the number of cops and security personnel at the courthouse, the man was quickly apprehended and arrested, reports the Huffington Post.
Robinson was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and you can probably bet that he won't get off with probation this time around.
You read a lot about dumb criminals, and if the allegations are true, Robinson has to be one of the dumbest. Think about it. You're facing charges related to cocaine, and on the morning of your court date, you decide to bring cocaine with you to the courthouse. Is cocaine so prevalent in Robinson's life that he just simply forgot he was carrying three grams in his pocket?
Robinson's arrest calls to mind a Florida man who was arrested earlier this year for wearing a crack jacket. Christopher Patterson was accused of drug trafficking, and on his court date he wore a hoodie that depicted cartoon characters making crack. While this fell short of actually baking crack in front of a judge, the move was still dumb as that was the first impression he gave to a judge.
A good tip for criminal defendants getting ready for court is to leave the drugs, drug paraphernalia, and hoodies depicting drugs at home. Wear, buy, or borrow a suit and tie. And check your pockets before stepping through security.
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