Former Sailor sentenced for smuggling heroin aboard USS George H.W. Bush

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 14:25:15-05

Norfolk, Va. – A 22-year old former Navy Sailor was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for distributing heroin aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier that led to the overdose of another active duty sailor.

According to court records, Donald McManus, 22,  and his wife, Breanna McManus, 23, were both charged with smuggling heroin onboard the ship. They both pleaded guilty in October of 2015.

Donald McManus: Heroin smuggling

Donald McManus

The smuggling allegedly occurred in February of 2015 while Donald McManus was serving on the aircraft carrier. Officials say Breanna McManus smuggled heroin and syringes hidden in her clothing to her husband.

Documents say Donald McManus sold heroin to a female shipmate for $150.

The two of them led the shipmate to a secure space in the hangar on board the carrier and all three of them consumed the drug together.

Officials say the three of them also consumed a second round of the drug.

Just a few days after buying the heroin from the couple, officials say the female sailor overdosed.  She was found unresponsive on the floor near her sleeping quarters.

She did not have a pulse for 14 minutes, but thankfully she was revived by medical staff on board the carrier.

Someone who officials are calling a “confidential source” told them she saw Mrs. McManus take heroin out of her sweater and bra along with four or five syringes.

Donald McManus admitted to selling prescription Xanax and Percocet pills in addition the heroin documents say.

He also says he trafficked the heroin from Connecticut to Virginia through his connections.

Donald McManus was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  Breanna McManus will be sentenced on January 27.


Sailor and wife plead guilty to smuggling heroin onto USS George H.W. Bush