Friday, June 19, 2009

Melissa ‘Missy’ Giove Arrested!

Former professional downhill mountain bike rider Melissa ‘Missy’ Giove (37) and Eric Canori (30) have been arrested on charges of conspiring to possess and distribute almost 400 pounds of marijuana.

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.

If found guilty, Giove and Canori could face up to 40 years in jail and a fine of up to $US2million.

A DEA Special Agent told The Saratogian newspaper : "(Drug) trafficking can lead you downhill fast. From championship mountain biking to street level drug dealing, the only reason people turn to drug trafficking is to make a profit from the sale of illicit narcotics.

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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