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Ex-skater Bobek pleads not guilty in methamphetamine case

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  • Nicole Bobek released on bond after not guilty plea to drug charges
  • Bobek was an Olympic skater, U.S. figure skating champion in 1995
  • Prosecutors in Hudson County, New Jersey, say Bobek was part of a drug ring
  • She was arrested in Florida last week, charged with conspiracy to distribute meth
By Deborah Brunswick
CNN
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(CNN) -- Former figure skating champion and Olympian Nicole Bobek was free on bond Tuesday after New Jersey police accused her of being part of a drug ring.

Nicole Bobek waves after a routine at the World Figure Skating Championships in 1995.

Former figure skating champion Nicole Bobek faces drug charges in New Jersey.

Bobek, 31, who won the U.S. figure skating title in 1995, was arrested at her home in Jupiter, Florida, last week on a charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Hudson County, New Jersey, according to Guy Gregory of the Hudson County prosecutor's office.

She waived extradition rights to face the charges in New Jersey and made her first appearance in court on Monday via video, entering a plea of not guilty, Gregory said.

Bobek was released Monday night on bond, according to Sean Wilkes of the Hudson County Jail.

According to the prosecutor's office, 20 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged drug ring, which police have been investigating for nearly a year.

Bobek could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Her attorney, Sam DeLuca, was not immediately available for comment.

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