Drug evidence sticks against Indiana man, 88, who was stopped with more than 200 pounds of cocaine
Leo Sharp stopped in Washtenaw County in 2011; Attorney had argued drug seizure was illegal
A judge has refused to throw out evidence against an 88-year-old Indiana man who was stopped in southeastern Michigan with more than 200 pounds of cocaine.
Leo Sharp of Michigan City was pulled over in Washtenaw County in 2011, based on a tip to state police by federal drug agents. Sharp's attorney said the drug seizure was illegal because authorities had no probable cause to stop him. But Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds recently ruled in favor of the government.
A trooper says Sharp was upset when the drugs were discovered and declared, "Just kill me and let me leave this planet."
Sharp later said he was forced at gunpoint to transport the cocaine. But agents say he was not a reluctant drug mule. Trial is set for October.
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