Newsbrief: Noelle Bush in Trouble Again 9/13/02

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Noelle Bush, the 25-year-old daughter of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and niece of President George W. Bush, was found with crack cocaine while staying at a drug rehab center where she was attempting to avoid jail time over a January incident in which she tried to obtain the prescription tranquilizer Xanax with a forged prescription.

Police were called to the Center for Drug Free Living in Orlando after staff members found a "white, rocklike substance" in her shoe, the Associated Press reported. The 0.2 gram rock tested positive for cocaine, but although possession of any amount of cocaine is a felony in Florida, young Bush was not arrested. According to the AP, staff members at the center refused to cooperate with police, saying they wished to handle the matter in house. Police said an investigation is continuing, but had not yet gotten around to actually interviewing the only suspect, Noelle Bush.

This week's incident is the second time Noelle Bush has fallen off the wagon since she went into treatment after her January arrest. Two months ago, Bush was jailed for three days by her drug court judge after workers at the treatment center found her carrying prescription pills that did not belong to her. A spokesman for the court told the AP that Bush could be sentenced to more jail time for violating the terms of her agreement, and if she is charged with drug possession, she could be kicked out of the program and then face prison time for her original charge as well as this week's bust.

Gov. Bush had little to say. "This is a private issue as it relates to my daughter and myself and my wife," he told the AP. "The road to recovery is a rocky one for a lot of people that have this kind of problem."

[Editor's note: DRCNet has no wish for Noelle Bush to pay for the sins of the father. Instead, we would like to see Gov. Bush expand his vision of the difficulty of recovery to include the thousands of drug court rejects, parole violators and other drug offenders who currently reside in Florida's prisons under his authority. In the meantime, no privacy for hypocrites.]

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