89-Year-Old Drug Mule Pleads Guilty
Indiana man caught with 200 pounds in Michigan
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
This undated booking file photo provided by the US Marshals Service shows Leo Earl Sharp.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Leo Sharp was your typical 80-something retiree, splitting time between his place in Indiana and a property in Florida where he grew his beloved lilies. And then, of course, there was the occasional cross-country drive with hundreds of pounds of cocaine for a powerful Mexican cartel. The 89-year-old pleaded guilty today to his role as a drug mule after getting pulled over near Ann Arbor in 2011 with 228 pounds of cocaine, reports the Detroit News. He's expected to get a relatively light sentence of five years at his sentencing in February.

“In my life, it’s the only time it ever happened,” Sharp told the judge of getting in trouble. But then he remembered one thing: Years ago in Mexico, "I was taking motion pictures of a prostitute, and they put me in jail." He may never have gotten caught before, but prosecutors say Sharp transported more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana and cocaine from the West Coast beginning around 2000, reports AP. "It was kind of a bad decision to make at this time of life," observed the judge. Court records say Sharp worked as a courier for Chicago-area dealers who got their supply from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. As part of the plea deal, Sharp has to forfeit $500,000 and will have to give up his award-winning lily farm in Florida.

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Oct 16, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
He did this since 2000?? Not a bad run. He probably got pulled over for something stupid like a sloppy stop or speeding. If yer going to do that sorta thing you hafta drive like Jesus or else.
Oct 9, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
Using old people or children is the latest tools of the drug cartels. The lame brained judges feel sorry for them and let them off because they're either old or young.
Oct 8, 2013 10:44 PM CDT
Forfeit a half million bucks, must have been lucrative work. He broke the law old man or not. 5 years might as well be a life sentence, plus if he makes it out, he'll be on the public dole for what ever days are left.