Elderly Man Facing Prison After Trafficking Ton Of Cocaine | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Elderly Man Facing Prison After Trafficking Ton Of Cocaine

Ninety year old Leo Sharp is facing the possibility of dying in prison, though his lawyer is arguing for leniency due to the onset of dementia and other health issues.


Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman


| Share

A 90-year-old Indiana native spent his birthday in prison after being charged with hauling more than a ton of cocaine across state lines to Michigan.

Leo Sharp, a World War II veteran, was reportedly paid more than $1 million for delivering the drugs. He was arrested by police in Michigan two years ago and pleaded guilty last fall. Prosecutors are recommending a five-year prison sentence, but his attorney is asking Judge Nancy Edmunds for an alternative punishment. Sharp has developed dementia and other health issues since his arrest, which his attorney said would be a burden to the prison system.

However, Sharp is hardly the only elderly drug dealer in recent history. A 73-year-old “ganjagrandma” from Oklahoma was charged in 2012 with running a massive marijuana ring that spanned four states. Police found four pounds of pot, a gun, and $276,000 in cash in the home of Darlene Mayes, who authorities believed was responsible for about 40 percent of the pot trade in the city of Tulsa. Her son, Jerry Dorsey, was also arrested for allegedly being one of her dealers.

Last March, a New York grandma pleaded guilty to third-degree drug possession involving cocaine and fifth-degree drug possession involving the painkiller hydrocodone. Geraldine Horsefall, 59, was accused of selling cocaine and painkillers while babysitting her grand kids, and also employing her adult children to sell the drugs. Her daughter, Arylyn Horsefall, 33, and son, Eric Parker, 38, of Pembroke, were among those arrested in the drug sting. Horsefall could spend the next 11 years behind bars.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv