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Nicole Bobek Released on Bail

Nicole Bobek's mother is publicly standing on her daughter's side, despite the 1995 U.S. champion and World bronze medalist’s arrest on drug charges.

Earlier this month, Bobek was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Hudson and other North Jersey counties. She was arrested in Florida and extradited to New Jersey. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment. If convicted, she faces 10 years in prison.

Jana Bobek told the AP that her daughter got mixed up with the wrong crowd but admitted that the 31-year-old did like to party. "If she is in some kind of trouble, she is probably in some trouble because she got in with the wrong company. I do strongly believe she would never do anything criminal," Jana Bobek told the AP. "Did she party? Probably, yes. I know she's a wonderful person and she has a very good heart and a lot of time that's been taken advantage of."

Bobek was arrested June 19 in Florida and waived extradition to Hudson County, N.J. to answer to a second-degree felony charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The investigation resulted in 20 arrests. The drug ring allegedly netted a $10,000 a day.

Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio told IFS that Bobek was part of the upper echelon of the ring. However, he did note that Bobek was not the ringleader. “She was involved in distributing multi-ounce quantities,” DeFazio said.

Bobek has homes in New York City and Jupiter, Fla. Her mother posted a $100,000 bond to secure her daughter’s release on bail. DeFazio told IFS that Bobek was allowed to return to Jupiter, Fla. but must return to New Jersey for future court appearances.

Bobek’s lawyer, Sam DeLuca, did not return calls seeking comment.