Detroit Free Press:
For attorney Ray Richards, it was a first: an 87-year-old man with muttonchops charged in a major drug bust. “This will be my first actual drug case where the accused is this old,” Richards said of his latest client, Leo Sharp. Sharp of Michigan City, Ind., was in federal court in Detroit on Monday after being arrested during a traffic stop near Ann Arbor. Police said they found 104 kilograms, or 229 pounds, of cocaine in his pickup. That’s at least $2.9 million worth of cocaine in wholesale value, police said. In court, Sharp did not offer a full explanation about what happened. But at one point, he tried telling U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Randon that he was forced at gunpoint to haul the cocaine, until his lawyer stepped in and advised him to just answer the judge’s questions. Richards said this was Sharp’s first time in the federal court system, and his client likely was confused by the questioning. According to Richards, Sharp, who is married with children, works full-time growing legitimate, exotic plants for a horticulture company in Indiana. According to court records, a state trooper pulled Sharp over on I-94 near Ann Arbor on Friday for following too closely and improper lane use. The trooper asked Sharp for permission to search his vehicle, but Sharp refused. That’s when Apollo, a drug-sniffing dog, was called to the scene and found the cocaine stashed in black bags in the bed of his pickup, records show. Sharp is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. If convicted, he could be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison. “A cocaine seizure that rises to the level of 100 kilograms would be considered significant,” said Rich Isaacson of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Sharp, who was released on bond, said he wants to write a book about his ordeal.
Can’t wait to hear this guy’s story. I’ve seen a few episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ and that’s all I could think of while reading this. He’s probably got some huge lab that he’s making all this shit in with naked hookers weighing everything out. Grandpa Ray bumped a few lines out before transfer and before he knows it he’s pulled over for ‘following too closely’. Always seems to be something this dumb you get busted for and now he’s gonna be spending the rest of his short life behind bars writing about it.