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Friday, June 20, 2014

Ind. Law - "The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule" is a day-lily farmer from Michigan City

That part in quotes is the headline to a long NY Times Sunday Magazine article by Sam Dolnick, from last weekend (June 11, 2014), which I was reading during lunch when I was surprised to come across this part:

Day-lily enthusiasts used to make pilgrimages to Sharp’s flower farm near Michigan City, Ind., a quiet vacation town on the shore of Lake Michigan where he has lived for decades, and to his southern farm in Apopka, Fla., which calls itself “the indoor foliage capital of the world.”

Sharp’s neighbors in Michigan City remember buses filled with customers idling outside his front gate waiting to buy his signature flowers, almost all named after his business, Brookwood Gardens. There was Brookwood Black Kitten, Brookwood Sweetie Face, Brookwood Barely Pink, Brookwood Pink Sometimes, Brookwood Pink Pinup, Brookwood Right Now, Brookwood Ambivalent and Brookwood Wow.

The world of day lilies belonged to him, one gushing profile in a day-lily newsletter declared in 2009. Little did they know that this “accomplished hybridizer and most generous man” was in all likelihood already working as one of the cartel’s primary couriers. “By mid-2010, he had already brought 1,100 kilos here to Detroit,” said Chris Graveline, the assistant U.S. attorney assigned to Sharp’s case.

Sharp traveled across the country for day-lily speaking engagements and conventions, but federal authorities say they believe he made time to visit Mexico for his other line of work. “Bosses in Mexico know of the Grandfather,” Moore said.

It is a fascinating story.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 20, 2014 11:49 AM
Posted to Indiana Law