Woman Arrested 20 Years After Running from Drug Charges

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman who vanished two decades ago while facing prison time walked into a county office to request a state ID - in her own name.

Officials say 61-year-old Christine Dickinson was arrested earlier this month. A Manatee County Tax Collector's clerk became suspicious when no record could be found that Dickinson ever possessed a Florida ID or driver's license.

The St. Petersburg Times reports Dickinson was the suspected ringleader in a $200 million drug operation. Officials say the group smuggled cocaine and marijuana from Colombia and Jamaica.

The newspaper reports Dickinson's boyfriend was arrested years ago in France. Others served their time in prison and are now leading respectable lives.

Dickinson appeared in federal court in Tampa last week and is being held without bond on racketeering charges.

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