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Indiana man, 87, grabbed by police with over 200 pounds of cocaine

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An 87-year-old man, pulled over for a traffic stop, was arrested and arraigned on drug charges after police found 228 pounds of cocaine in his pickup truck.

The incident happened in Michigan, not far from Detroit or the Michigan city of Ann Arbor. A state trooper was patrolling near I-94 when he saw the man following too closely and then making an improper lane change. It was at that point that the trooper pulled over Leo Earl Sharp.

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, the state trooper, in the course of the traffic stop asked if he could search the pickup truck Sharp was driving. Sharp refused the search. The trooper got on his radio and asked for back-up, including a unit with a bomb-sniffing/drug-searching dog.

At that point, Sharp was stuck. When the dog reached the rear section of his truck it alerted that it had detected drugs. The troopers then began searching the truck bed. It was then that they found the drugs. In fact, they found 104 bricks of cocaine that had been stowed in five bags.

The cocaine is worth an estimated $2.9 million on the street, according to police. Sharp was taken into custody and eventually released on $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for November.

Sharp has been officially charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute. Sharp faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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