93-Year-Old Sentenced to 3 Years for Drug Trafficking for Sinaloa CartelPosted on May 7, 2014
On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Leo Sharp, a ninety-year old man from Indiana, received his sentence for acting as a drug courier. Sharp reportedly spent most of the past decade trafficking cocaine for an organization affiliated with the Joquin Guzman Lorea Sinaloa Cartel.
In the fall of 2011, law enforcement near Ann Arbor, Michigan, stopped Sharp along Interstate 94. He was found to be transporting almost 230 pounds of cocaine at the time. A subsequent investigation headed by the Drug Enforcement Administration revealed that this seizure was one of many shipments made by Sharp and other couriers to bring mass quantities of cocaine and marijuana from Arizona to southeast Michigan.
The investigation ultimately identified 19 suspects across the United States and Mexico who played a part in this extensive trafficking operation. Sixteen of these suspects, including Sharp, have since pleaded guilty to their charges.
Sharp was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison and fined $500,000 by United States District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds. This decision was based upon Sharp’s age and the fact that he was paid more than $1 million to transport cocaine for a major Mexican drug cartel. He was personally responsible for trafficking more than 2,500 pounds of cocaine into southeast Michigan over the course of 7 separate shipments.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized over 440 pounds of cocaine and $3 million worth of drug money in relation to this investigation.