Women's Biking Champ Sentenced for Transporting Truck Full of Pot

Missy Giove a former downhill mountain bike champion

Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011  |  Updated 3:29 PM EDT
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Cycling Champ Who Drove Pot-Filled Truck Sentenced

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Mountain biker Missy Giove sprays champagne as she celebrates at the World Cup Downhill Series in Honolulu Sept. 7, 1996. Giove won the overall women's title at the event. (AP Photo/Tony Cheng)

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A former world mountain biking champion caught driving a truck hauling 350 pounds of marijuana won't do any prison time.

Melissa "Missy'' Giove, 38, of Chesapeake, Va., was sentenced in federal court in Albany, N.Y., to six months of home detention and five years of probation.

Giove pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge stemming from her arrest in 2009, when she transported hundreds of pounds of marijuana in a truck she drove from California to Wilton in Saratoga County, authorities said.

Federal prosecutors are expected to seek a sentence of 24 to 30 months in prison.

A Wilton man involved in the pot ring pleaded guilty last summer to drug conspiracy charges. Authorities found almost $1.5 million in cash inside his home.

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