87-year-old man busted with 104 bricks of cocaine near Chelsea
Michigan State Police troopers arrested a man Friday after investigators said they seized 104 bricks of cocaine from a pickup truck during a traffic stop on I-94 near Chelsea.
Leo Earl Sharp, 87, was charged Sunday in a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
According to an affidavit by DEA Special Agent Justin Holton, a state trooper pulled Sharp over at 5:25 p.m. Friday on eastbound I-94, roughly a mile west of Chelsea. Sharp was stopped for improper lane use and following too closely, the affidavit says.
The trooper asked to search the truck, but Sharp declined the request, the affidavit says. A police dog was brought to the scene and "alerted on the rear of the vehicle for the presence of narcotics."
Investigators searched the bed of the truck and found four black bags containing 25 brick-shaped objects each and a small gray and blue bag containing four brick-shaped objects.
According to the affidavit, the objects were turned over to the DEA and field-tested positive for cocaine. The weight and estimated street value of the cocaine is not specified in the affidavit.
DEA Special Agent Rich Isaacson, a spokesman for the agency in Detroit, could not immediately be reached for comment this morning.
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