There is no barrier to entry in the world of crime. Many people turn to it out of desperation, without justification, or for high vindication.
Once someone sets off on the path of a criminal, there’s precious little that can bring them back. They forsake their families, friends, and their future for a temporary guarantee or to uphold a promise to someone they are indebted to.
We think of criminals as short-sighted or willful idiots who want a big pie cut as quickly as possible, but criminals come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.
One crime with a wide-reaching demographic is mules – people who carry drugs across borders and outside the presence of authorities.
Drug traffickers rely on hot drops and mules to get their product across territorial lines, and there’s no shortage of subjects for it, from children to grown men and even on up to the elderly, such as Leo Sharp, the oldest drug mule ever.
His is a short and straightforward but sad story of a man left behind and had no options but to submit to a life of crime—all for his own goals of growing flowers.
10 /10 Sergeant Flowers
Leo Sharp was an ordinary man born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1924. He grew up in a peaceful life up until the outbreak of World War II.
He was drafted and fought in the Italian Campaign alongside many fellow soldiers and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service.
Afterward, his life became bumpy, showing that the support for the veterans of American wars was not always there.
9 /10 Failing To Bloom
Sharp allegedly attempted to run an airline business that never took off and left him destitute. After going bankrupt, he returned home to Detroit, where he stayed all his life and started growing flowers.
This eventually became a business that did sustain itself, and he continued to produce them far past his military career to support him.