Former sailor, wife plead guilty to selling heroin aboard aircraft carrier Bush

U.S. sailors participate in a suicide awareness walk Sept. 21, 2014, on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf.


By MIKE HIXENBAUGH | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: October 16, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — Hospital corpsmen on the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush scrambled in February to revive a sailor found unconscious in a berthing area aboard the Norfolk-based ship.

The sailor, having overdosed on heroin, had no detectable pulse, but medics managed to revive the service member.

In federal court Thursday, a former Bush crew member and his wife pleaded guilty to sneaking heroin aboard the nuclear-powered warship and selling the drugs to the sailor and others on board.

Donald G. McManus, 22, and his wife Breanna L. McManus, 23, each face up to 20 years in prison in connection with the distribution, according to a news release announcing the plea agreement.

Donald McManus was an active-duty sailor on the Bush in February, already on restricted status with the Navy for prior drug use. He had his wife smuggle heroin and syringes on board inside her bra, according to a criminal affidavit.

The couple sold heroin to the unidentified sailor who later was found unresponsive. The sailor reported the sale to investigators.

McManus joined the Navy in April 2013 and was assigned to the Bush for most of that time, according to a service biography provided by the Navy. He separated from the service in June as an airman recruit, the lowest enlisted rank.

The McManuses were charged in August and indicted by a federal grand jury in September.

Donald McManus will be sentenced Jan. 21, and Breanna McManus will be sentenced Jan. 27.


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