87-Year-Old Man Charged in Cocaine Bust Makes War on Drugs Seem Unbeatable

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Leo Sharp
Leo Sharp
If there's a lesson to be learned in Indiana cops' allegations that an 87-year-old man was driving around with 104 bricks of cocaine, it's be afraid, be very, very afraid. The feds say a traffic stop for driving in the improper lane turned up $2.9 million worth of drugs in a truck driven by Leo Sharp, essentially blowing every drug dealer/drug runner stereotype out of the water. As if we didn't have enough trouble catching these guys?

Sharp is telling a judge that he was forced at gunpoint to tote the load of cocaine. His court case will determine whether he's telling the truth. But whether this geriatric is a hardcore dealer or just a mule being coerced by a dealer, both scenarios are bad for the rest of us.

No one likes to hear it, but cops depend on a modicum of stereotyping to get the really hard drugs off our streets. We hear the word, and we think "racial profiling," but there are myriad forms of legitimate profiling. There are entire TV shows devoted to it.

But what do you want to bet there's nothing in the FBI archives that describes Grampy the Drug Kingpin? There isn't an octogenarian I know who I'd suspect of running drugs. Maybe they've got a little pot in the bedside table for their glaucoma?

I bear folks in their 80s all due respect; age is nothing but a number after all. But I'd like to think that by the time you're old enough to get your movie theater discount without having to show proof of age, you've got a bit more wisdom than the morons who think cocaine (or heroin or meth or ... ) is a sound business plan. At the very least, if a geriatric is going to dabble in the criminal, I'd think it would be along the lines of a good Medicaid scam? It's wrong, but it doesn't kill anyone!

But this is the problem. None of us see an old man and think, "He's got drugs." Which means no one is going to call the cops to report suspicious activity. And the average young cop is going to be more wary of taking the drug dog to Pops' car because he just doesn't seem "the type." Whether old people are dealing drugs, or drug dealers are forcing old people to carry their drugs, it certainly makes me think the "war on drugs" will be going on for a good long time.

How about you? Did you see Leo Sharp was 87 and say, "No way!"?


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Doomy234 Doomy234

I think him being so old makes him seem less suspicious. Which is probably why he did it in the first place. People you dont expect to be trafficking hardcore drugs (such as cocaine):

-Young children (12 and under)

-Elderly women and men

-Middle-class white women between the ages of 30 and 45.

-Disabled people

But there are exceptions to every rule, which means that nobody can be ruled out as a possible drug dealer. You just have to watch their activities. Running around at all hours, paranoia, receiving or spending large quantities of money more often than the average person would receive a paycheck....

nonmember avatar Liz

The war on drugs is over. The US lost that battle awhile ago.

nonmember avatar HBM1

This is crap. Come on if that were an African American this would be a totally different reading i.e., - 87 Year Old Cocaine Crime Boss Arrested - is how it would read or something to that nature

Mrscj... Mrscjones

Thats y cops shouldn't profile n da first. U looking for a particular race n age n its gramps singing sweet home alabama that have all the drugs lol

Alicia Lili Mauer

Huge mistake commonly made. The people you most expect to be innocent of drug and alcohol abuse are just as likely to be guilty of it as the gangbangers and college students everyone so desperately wants to accuse. 

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