California woman sentenced to five years on cocaine charge

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A California woman who pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle more than a kilogram of cocaine into Fairbanks was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Cheryl Ann Bush, 44, of Sacramento was arrested by Fairbanks police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents Sept. 22 after attempting to conceal two packages of cocaine on a flight into Fairbanks from Reno, Nev.

Drug agents acting on a tip questioned Bush at Fairbanks International Airport and searched her bag but not her body.

According to charging documents, drug agents followed Bush and observed her enter a convenience store restroom, where a search found the cocaine hidden below a liner in the trash can.

Bush was taken into custody and a subsequent body search showed red marks on her person. In court hearings, prosecutors said the marks were created by the cocaine packages hidden on her body.

Bush in April pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

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