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Cops Strike Gold (Man)

Costumed Key West street performer nabbed for undercover cocaine sale

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Cops Strike Gold (Man)

MARCH 7--A Key West street performer known as 'Gold Man' was busted this week on a warrant charging him with selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer. Daryl Brooks, 45, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, in full costume, and booked into the Monroe County Sheriff's Office lockup on the felony drug rap.

As seen here, Brooks did not have the chance to remove his face paint before posing for his mug shot. Before Key West police stuffed Brooks in a squad car, they took a photo of him in his outfit, which you can find here. According to an incident report, as Brooks sat in the police vehicle, he allegedly confessed to a cop: 'It wasn't even mine, I sold it for a friend. I needed the money so I could take a day off from my day job as the Gold Man.' Brooks added, needlessly, 'You know when I get high, I do some stupid stuff.'

Brooks is being held in the Monroe County jail in lieu of $35,000 bail. (3 pages)