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WILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove was in custody Thursday on federal drug charges after authorities said they seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana from a truck she was driving in upstate New York.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said Wednesday that the 37-year-old Giove, of Chesapeake, Va., and 30-year-old Eric Canori of Wilton were charged Tuesday with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Authorities said they seized nearly 400 pounds of pot from the truck and from Canori's home outside Saratoga Springs, 25 miles north of Albany.

Giove and Canori were in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending detention hearings Thursday afternoon in Albany.

DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey said authorities learned of Giove and Canori's plans last weekend when Illinois State Police pulled over a woman driving a truck and trailer loaded with about 220 pounds of marijuana. Authorities completed the delivery to the Albany area, where Mulvey said Giove picked up the vehicle and trailer.

Officials said Giove then drove north and followed Canori to his home, where some of the trailer's contents were unloaded.

Giove was later arrested at nearby Saratoga Lake, authorities said. A search of Canori's home turned up more than 150 pounds of pot and more than $1 million in cash stashed in a closet and the basement, the DEA said.

It couldn't be immediately determined Thursday morning if Giove and Canori had lawyers.

Giove, nicknamed "The Missile" for her aggressive riding style, was the downhill world champion in 1994 and won World Cup season titles in '97 and '98, then captured national titles from 1999-2001. One of the sport's first mainstream female stars, she retired from downhill racing in 2003.

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Woah. I was going to post "what's the big deal- mtb'er caught smoking," but this is a BFD.

God help you, Missy. You're in wayyy over your head. No amount of armor is going to save you now.
 

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Yeah, I was going to say FTW legalize it! But holy smokes!!! The Missle went big time.
What's with these 90's big time DHers? First Miles now Missy???
Look out Tomac and Herbold, Their comin' for you!
Fade out: "Bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do..."
 

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Yeah this sucks. When I first saw the title, I thought "Eh...big deal. Missy got caught smokin' a doobie....taking a bong rip....whatever. No biggy. Everyone smokes a J now and then (don't they?)" Why the hate? :D But then........

200 lbs!!! Another 150 at Canori's house!!!! :eekster: Sheeeeeeeeeeeit.

This isn't gonna be a slap on the wrist.....
 

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Damn Girl!

Used to like reading about your exploits on the bike, but not this one! Hope you get a good lawyer
 

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Hope she gets what she deserves.

I have no pity for people who do ridiculous things like that. She knew better and chose to move forward anyway.
 

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I'm a little high right now, so forgive my memory... but, didn't somebody tell me during a safety meeting that Missy was donating a huge amount of money to the Tara Llanes Recovery Fund? Dominoes continue to fall.
 

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While I'll in no way defend Missy's actions, can we please stop spending my tax dollars prosecuting drug offenders? Now? I in no way feel safer after the government's actions in this case, and I'm appalled at the huge amount of resources and my tax dollars spent on this largely moral (and health-related) issue. It's money much better spent on defending our borders, bringing the economy out of the dumps and putting America back to work.

"'Drug trafficking can lead you downhill fast,' Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent John Gilbride said." Nice quote a$$hole.
 

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Swell Guy said:
While I'll in no way defend Missy's actions, can we please stop spending my tax dollars prosecuting drug offenders? Now? I in no way feel safer after the government's actions in this case, and I'm appalled at the huge amount of resources and my tax dollars spent on this largely moral (and health-related) issue. It's money much better spent on defending our borders, bringing the economy out of the dumps and putting America back to work.
What you're missing here is that for a reduced sentence, all she has to do is roll over on the people who supplied her with 400lbs of weed, you know, the guys with the guns, murdering people who try to disrupt their multimillion dollar business.
 

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What you're missing here is that for a reduced sentence, all she has to do is roll over on the people who supplied her with 400lbs of weed, you know, the guys with the guns, murdering people who try to disrupt there multimillion dollar business.
Who would not need to use guns or murder people but for the fact that the drugs are illegal in the first place.

Do we know whether this pot was grown domestically by non-violent types rather than imported by bad guys? Sounds like a domestic source.

Legalize drugs, tax the **** out of 'em, use the taxes to pay for drug treatment and the general fund. Deficit solved, prisons emptied of non-violent offenders, government out of the morality business.
 

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You forgot about them breaking into your car at demo to so they can pawn off whatever they get for money to buy more drugs...

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Who would not need to use guns or murder people but for the fact that the drugs are illegal in the first place.

Do we know whether this pot was grown domestically by non-violent types rather than imported by bad guys? Sounds like a domestic source.

Legalize drugs, tax the **** out of 'em, use the taxes to pay for drug treatment and the general fund. Deficit solved, prisons emptied of non-violent offenders, government out of the morality business.
 

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Swell Guy said:
Who would not need to use guns or murder people but for the fact that the drugs are illegal in the first place.

Legalize drugs, tax the **** out of 'em, use the taxes to pay for drug treatment and the general fund. Deficit solved, prisons emptied of non-violent offenders.
I hate to break it to you, but legalizing pot will only force the bad guys to find some other illegal, high risk/high return scheme. I'm not against legalizing pot, but just saying all those wealthy drug dealers rolling around in $100K+ cars aren't just going to say, "Oh, weed is legal now? Okay, I'll go get a 9-5 making $15/hr. It was fun while it lasted." So, yes, in my mind it is worth prosecuting people like this.
 

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Bong and Brownie mix sales are now going to take a serious dive

Is there no end to all this dreary economic news? Flags will be flying at half mast, and I can hear the weeping now @ Betty Crocker, Sara Lee, Duncan Hines, etc corporate offices, as brownie mix sales will now be taking a serious nose dive. Bong manufacturers are probably going to need a stimulus package to deal with this latest "blow" to sales......
 
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