87 Year Old Man Caught With 228 Pounds Of Cocaine
DETROIT, Michigan ~ (UK Daily Mail/ Reuters) ~ An 87-year-old Indiana man was arraigned on drug charges in Detroit's federal court on Monday, October 24th after police found 228 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck.
According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, a Michigan state trooper was patrolling Interstate 94 near Ann Arbor on Friday, October 21st when he pulled over 87-year-old Leo Earl Sharp for following too closely and executing an improper lane change. When the trooper asked Sharp if he could search his vehicle, the octogenarian refused so the trooper requested a backup unit with a police search dog.
As the animal walked around the rear of Sharp's truck it alerted to the possible presence of narcotics. During a subsequent search of the truck's bed, cops found 104 bricks of cocaine stashed in five bags with an estimated street value of $2.9 million. Sharp, from Michigan City, Indiana and a married father of three children, made a highly amusing appearance at the court hearing, telling U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Randon that he lost his hearing after a cannon fired close to him during the "war". He then told the judge, "I was forced to do what I did at gunpoint." When told he would have to take a drug test, Sharp said, "I've never used an illegal drug in my life, ever." Judge Randon released Sharp on a $10,000 bond on Monday and scheduled the next hearing in the case for November. Sharp faces charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and and faces a sentence of at least ten years in prison.
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