Leo Sharp, 89-year-old drug courier, pleads guilty in Detroit court

Leo Sharp, 89, pleaded guilty to hauling drugs to Detroit.
CBS Detroit
(CBS/AP) DETROIT - An 89-year-old Indiana man who was busted with drugs in 2011 while driving in Michigan has pleaded guilty to hauling cocaine.

Leo Sharp told a judge on Tuesday that the drug conspiracy was the only crime he's ever committed, and he says he did it for the money.

According to CBS Detroit, Sharp was transporting more than one hundred bricks of cocaine, approximately 200 pounds, from Tucson, Ariz. to Detroit when he was pulled over.

He was reportedly stopped after making a bad lane change and told a state trooper, "Just kill me and let me leave this planet."

Authorities say Sharp was an experienced drug courier who had transported more than 1,400 pounds of cocaine to Michigan between 2009 and 2011, according to the station.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a five-year prison sentence, noting Sharp's age and service in World War II.

Sharp will be sentenced in February.

Complete coverage of the Leo Sharp cocaine case on Crimesider


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