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Cops: 87-year-old's truck found loaded with cocaine

An 87-year-old Indiana man was arraigned on drug charges in federal court in Detroit on Monday after police found 228 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $2.9 million in his pickup following a routine traffic stop.
Leo Sharp, 87, was arrested for cocaine possession after a state trooper stopped him for improper lane use on Interstate 94 in Michigan.AP
/ Source: staff and news service reports

Michigan State Police say they have found more than 100 bricks of cocaine in a pickup truck driven by an 87-year-old man, reported on Monday.

The man, Leo Sharp, was pulled over on Friday for following too close and improper lane use on Insterstate 94, police said, according to a story on ClickOnDetroit. A K-9 unit then detected the drugs, which were in black bags in the bed of Sharp's pickup truck.

In total, 104 brick-shaped packages of cocaine, weighing about 228 pounds, were confiscated, police said, according to The Associated Press.

Sharp was charged with possession with intent to deliver.

In a court appearance on Monday, Sharp told the judge he was forced at "gunpoint" to carry the load. Judge Mark Randon released Sharp, of Michigan City, Indiana, on $10,000 bond on Monday and scheduled a next hearing in the case for November.

A criminal complaint signed by a DEA agent is thin on details, and there was no mention in court about Sharp's destination. Outside court, Sharp told The Associated Press that he's innocent.