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The Daily Buzz: June 12, 2014


A 90-year-old Detroit florist delivered large amounts of cocaine for the Sinaloa cartel; drug traffickers "clone" official vehicles to transport their goods; and the late star pitcher Bob Welch was one of the first pro athletes to "come out" about his alcoholism.

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Bob Welch in 1978. Photo via

Bob Welch in 1978. Photo via

A 90-Year-Old Florist Fueled Detroit’s Largest Ever Cocaine Smuggling Operation
Leo Sharp, 90, is thought to have delivered thousands of pounds of cocaine for Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel over the past decade, all the while tending his legendary lily garden. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison on May 7. It might have been a much longer sentence—but he’s 90.

Drug Traffickers Use “Clone” Vehicles to Smuggle Goods
Clever drug traffickers will often transport their goods using “clones” of corporate or state vehicles to throw off authorities. They’ve reportedly used a cloned AT&T service truck, a UPS semi-truck, a Halliburton tanker (that contained no oil), a Wal-Mart distribution truck, Direct TV and FedEx trucks, and even cop cars and school buses.

Colorado Pot Causes Panic in Nebraska Towns
Police officers in small Nebraska towns along the Colorado border say they’ve seen a “massive influx” of marijuana flowing into their communities ever since their neighboring state legalized it last year. Reefer madness 2.0!

Man on Weed Tries to Shoot the Moon With a Handgun
Here’s a story that may not quell Nebraska’s pot-related anxiety: An Arizona man was arrested after he fired several gunshots in to the sky, explaining to cops that he was trying to “shoot the moon.” He had allegedly smoked up and then muttered something about Halley’s Comet before firing a gun through the window. That may have been something stronger than pot.

Bob Welch, Record-Setting Pitcher Who Overcame Alcohol Struggles, Dies at 57
The former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland As sought treatment for addiction then, in recovery, went on to win 211 games, including 27 in 1990—a single-season total no other pitcher has reached in the past 40 years. He was one of the first professional athletes to talk openly about his struggle with alcoholism.