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article image87-year-old man arrested for possession of 228 lbs. of cocaine

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 25, 2011 in Crime
Leo Earl Sharp was in court on Monday during an arraignment hearing on charges of transporting 104 bricks of cocaine worth an estimated $2.9 million.
On Friday, the 87-year-old man from Indiana was pulled over by police while driving his truck for an improper lane change and following too closely.
Reuters reports that a drug sniffing dog alerted authorities to drugs in his truck after the officer had to call for back up, because Sharp refused to let him search his vehicle.
As authorities searched the back of the truck, they found the cocaine stashed in five bags.
After being arrested and released on $10,000 bail, Sharp made an appearance in court on Monday for his arraignment.
Sharp gave an odd defense for his actions by stating that someone forced him at gunpoint to transport the drugs, according to the Associated Press. He gave no further details as to who forced him to make the transport or where he was headed when he was pulled over by police.
Other odd behaviors and statements made in the courtroom prompted the judge to order a mental health evaluation on Sharp.
He is due to appear back in court on Nov. 10 and could face up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.
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