Ex-mountain bike champ admits role in NY drug ring

Dec 22, 2009 - 9:39 PM WILTON, N.Y.(AP) -- Former mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove (gee-OH'-vee) has pleaded guilty to helping run a coast-to-coast marijuana smuggling ring.

She was arrested in upstate New York last June after one of the ring's couriers was intercepted driving a truck carrying 350 pounds of marijuana in Illinois and agreed to cooperate with authorities.

Giove pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge Monday in Albany. She is expected to be sentenced March 25 to up to five years in prison.

Giove is 37 and lives in Chesapeake, Va. She was under surveillance when she met the courier and drove off with the truck. Authorities say she was taken into custody trying to unload the shipment at the Saratoga County home of another man charged in the case.

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