Florida man tries to hide drug buy from wife with elaborate story

Joseph Eastwood (Volusia County Corrections)

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Joseph Eastwood (Volusia County Corrections)

A Florida man’s attempt to cover up his cocaine purchase landed him in serious legal trouble.

Joseph Eastwood, 35, of DeLand, didn't want his wife to know he bought cocaine, so he created an elaborate story about a fake robbery, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Eastwood called DeLand police from a pay phone on Tuesday, claiming he had been robbed of $425 by two men at a gas station, peppering in details such as one of the men asking him to spare a dollar, the men’s height and even identifying the men’s brand of shoes they were wearing, the News-Journal reported.

After a search for the suspects, authorities reviewed the gas station’s surveillance footage and noticed Eastwood entered and exited without incident, according to police.

When told of the footage, police said Eastwood told them he was meeting two men to buy cocaine when he was allegedly robbed. Police said Eastwood then told them he didn’t call police from the gas station because he didn’t want his wife to know he was there buying drugs, the News-Journal reported.

Eastwood was arrested, charged with perjury in an official capital proceeding and remains in jail without bond because of a violation of probation related to grand theft.

Read more at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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