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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Sergeant gets prison, court martial in drug case

Arizona Republic, AZ
Associated Press
Dec. 10, 2005 12:00 AM

TUCSON - A sergeant at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has been sentenced to more than a year and a half in federal prison and will be dishonorably discharged from the military for her part in an FBI drug-running sting.

Staff Sgt. Charisse Smith was sentenced Thursday after she pleaded guilty to transporting 20 kilograms of cocaine with another service member.

Smith, 26, also was fined $4,000. She is the seventh Davis-Monthan service member court-martialed in connection with the sting, dubbed Operation Lively Green.

At the time of the offense, Smith was assigned to the Tucson air base's 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, where she worked loading ammunition onto military jets.

Smith and another staff sergeant were accused of moving bricks of cocaine from Nogales, Ariz., to Tucson in a military vehicle in November 2002.

Operation Lively Green led to the arrests of dozens of southern Arizona military and civilian government workers on cocaine-running, conspiracy and corruption charges.


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