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Old 10-26-2011, 02:56   #1
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Mich SP arrest 87y.o. with 228 lbs of coke in veh.

An 87-year-old Indiana man was freed on $10,000 bond Monday after Michigan State Police said they found more than 228 pounds of cocaine stashed in the back of his pickup truck. The cocaine, approximately 104 kilograms, has a wholesale value of more than $2.9 million.



From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20111024/...#ixzz1bsOGBXRz
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:39   #2
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$10,000 bond? Is that the norm for this sort of thing?
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:10   #3
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Sounds like they were going to have a hot time in the nursing home...
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:21   #4
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$10,000 bond? Is that the norm for this sort of thing?
That's a really low bond amount if that is the full. At 10% he only has to post $1,000.

Some reasons for low bond could be, no criminal history, no prior violence or low risk of fleeing prosecution, or he could be cooperating with the investigation. Could be a lot of things, who knows....all speculation.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:16   #5
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Imagine the conversation with the MSP at the time of the stop:

I was just trying to supplement my SSI...or....Hey, wait a minute. This isn't my car!!!....
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Old 10-26-2011, 13:20   #6
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Hey Medicaid and Medicare are getting tough with perscriptions.. he was just making a Medicine run because he must have gotten a good deal on dope....
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Old 10-26-2011, 13:33   #7
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But he was forced at gunpoint..
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Old 10-26-2011, 15:02   #8
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Probably more common than you think. Kind of a variation on using juveniles, except in this case that we (law enforcement) probably don't look twice at a lot of old folks.
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$10,000 bond? Is that the norm for this sort of thing?
Go ask the courts, not us.
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Old 10-26-2011, 15:56   #10
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$10,000 bond? Is that the norm for this sort of thing?
Based on the article, it seemed the judge had a soft spot (maybe he reminded the judge of his own father/grandfather?) for the old guy and bent over backwards to help him. That probably explains the really, really low bail.
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Probably more common than you think. Kind of a variation on using juveniles, except in this case that we (law enforcement) probably don't look twice at a lot of old folks.
In Texas we have had a number of elderly pack mules. Some are pawns, and some are players.

Old people are known to carry drugs, kill police, and do crimes. Many over look them.
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Old 10-26-2011, 21:02   #12
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That's a really low bond amount if that is the full. At 10% he only has to post $1,000.

Some reasons for low bond could be, no criminal history, no prior violence or low risk of fleeing prosecution, or he could be cooperating with the investigation. Could be a lot of things, who knows....all speculation.
I'd say more like low speed of fleeing prosecution, how fast can an 87 year old run anyway?

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Old 10-26-2011, 22:19   #13
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$10,000 bond? Is that the norm for this sort of thing?
I thought you knew everything?
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Old 10-26-2011, 23:21   #14
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That's a really low bond amount if that is the full. At 10% he only has to post $1,000.

Some reasons for low bond could be, no criminal history, no prior violence or low risk of fleeing prosecution, or he could be cooperating with the investigation. Could be a lot of things, who knows....all speculation.
add poor health in there too, no one (brass for sure) wants an in custody death.
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The cartel made him do it... o_O
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In Texas we have had a number of elderly pack mules. Some are pawns, and some are players.

Old people are known to carry drugs, kill police, and do crimes. Many over look them.
Quoted for the truth. We do get in some old inmates at times, so at least someone is paying attention. It is unfortunate, but older people who may be running out of pension money, and down to social security only may be tempted to do the unthinkable.
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