Leslie Gordon Sharp jailed for $1.9 million. methylamphetamine bust in north Queensland

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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, 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.

A prison photo of a man with a long beard.
Leslie Gordon Sharp has a long criminal history.(Facebook: Crime Stoppers Queensland)

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.

Cash and drugs in Ziploc bags next to the steering wheel of a car.
The seized drugs had a street value of up to $1.9 million.(Provided: Queensland Police Service)

‘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.”

A car tire with a section cut out.
Justice North said Sharp was unlikely to change his ways.(Provided: Queensland Police Service)

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.”

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