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Fla. Gov. Bush’s Daughter Released

October 26, 2002

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Jeb Bush’s daughter was released from jail early Saturday, 10 days after a judge ordered her locked up for violating terms of her court-ordered drug treatment program.

Noelle Bush left the Orange County jail around 4 a.m., said Allen Moore, spokesman for the county corrections department.

She returned to the Center for Drug-Free Living in Orlando, said her brother, George P. Bush.

``We’re handling it. It’s tough,″ he said. ``It hurts but all we can do is love her, support her and be there for her.″

The president’s 25-year-old niece had been ordered to attend drug treatment after she was arrested in January for allegedly trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax at a pharmacy drive-through window. Under the diversion program, the charges could be dropped if she completes treatment.

Judge Reginald Whitehead has since sent her to jail twice for violating terms of that agreement.

In July, she was jailed for three days after a treatment worker caught her with prescription pills. The 10-day stint that ended Saturday followed allegations that she was found with crack cocaine in her shoe at the center.

The governor and his wife briefly visited their daughter in jail Tuesday. Jail officials also allowed a visit by C. David Brown II, a Bush family friend and GOP campaign contributor.

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