Sham Wedding Lands Texas Woman In Prison

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has decided that a Texas woman who agreed to a sham marriage so a drug supplier could more easily cross the border will spend two years in prison.

48-year-old Lynn Carol Page of Sugarland, Texas, pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy that shipped more than 150 kilograms of cocaine to the Mobile area. Page's relatively clean criminal record made her eligible for a "safety valve" that spared her from a 10-year mandatory-minimum sentence. Page acknowledged taking $9,000 from a Houston drug kingpin, Daron Odell Jones, to marry one of his suppliers in Mexico.

Page told U.S. District Judge Charles Butler Jr. in Mobile that she knew it was wrong to take the $9,000, but it helped put a roof over her head and her daughter's head.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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