Drug mule sentenced to 3 years in prison on 90th birthday

Leo Sharp

The mutton-chopped drug mule who turned 90 years old today was sentenced to three years in prison after state police found 104 kilograms of cocaine in his Michigan-bound pickup truck.

Leo Sharp, who was hoping his age and dementia would keep him out of prison, turned to prosecutors and uttered, “death sentence.”

Prosecutors asked federal Judge Nancy Edmunds to impose a 5-year sentence on the Indiana man and World War II vet, who police said worked as a drug mule since 2009, selling nearly 1,500 pounds of cocaine. He made more than $1 million by working with a Mexican drug ring and used some of the profits for his world-famous plant hybridization work in Indiana, authorities said.

“I’m really heartbroken (about) what I did,” Sharp told the judge. 

Sharp’s lawyer urged the judge to order the drug courier to home confinement instead of prison.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.