Man, 87, busted with 228 lbs of cocaine

Published On: Oct 26 2011 11:07:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 27 2011 11:05:33 AM EDT

An 87-year-old man was arrested after he told authorities he was forced "at gunpoint" to transport the 105 bricks of cocaine they found in the back of his pickup truck.

Leo Earl Sharp, of Michigan City, Ind., was pulled over on Interstate 94 near Chelsea, Mich., late last week for following too close and improper lane use, Detroit TV station WDIV reported.

A K-9 quickly discovered the 228 pounds of cocaine after Sharp gave officers permission to search his vehicle, police told the Detroit Free Press.

The estimated wholesale value is $2.9 million.

On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Randon ordered Sharp released on bond on a charge of possession with intent to deliver.

The Detroit News described the scene in the court room as "comical" and "one of the more colorful appearances in recent memory." The newspaper reported that at one point Sharp said he couldn't hear the judge because he lost his hearing "in the war" and that he was unable to return to his home in Indiana because his passport was stolen.


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