A north Queensland criminal caught with almost $2 million worth of methylamphetamine stashed in a car tire has been jailed for 11 years.
- Leslie Gordon Sharp was arrested during a 2020 drug bust on Home Hill
- The court heard it was one of the region’s biggest meth seizures
- Sharp will be eligible for parole in 2026
Leslie Gordon Sharp, 55, pleaded guilty to five charges in the Townsville High Court, including possession of dangerous drugs.
Sharp, once on Australia’s most wanted fugitives list, was arrested in February 2020 after police tracked and intercepted a car at Home Hill, south of Townsville.
Officers discovered 663 grams of hash inside a toolbox and 1.9 kilograms of methylamphetamine hidden inside a spare tire.
The court heard the drugs had a street value of up to $1.9m.
Police also seized $192,700 in cash from the vehicle.
Judge David North sentenced Sharp to 11 years in prison.
He will be eligible for parole in November 2026.
Sharp has already spent more than 1,000 days in custody, but that does not count as time served.
‘Architect’ of ‘biggest’ seizure in years
Crown prosecutor Monique Sheppard said Sharp, who was on parole at the time of his arrest, had made several trips between Townsville and Brisbane to obtain drugs.
“He was the architect of one of the largest seizures of methylamphetamine in the Townsville region in recent years,” she said.
“He organized the procurement of these drugs and their transport from Brisbane with the intention of these drugs being sold here in Townsville.”
Justice North said Sharp had an “appalling” criminal record spanning decades.
“There is a history of dishonesty, violence, including attempted murder, and there is a history of serious drug crime,” he said.
“The prospects for your ultimate rehabilitation must be considered illusory.
“You are a confirmed criminal, set in your ways.”