Melissa Missy Giove, a former world champion downhill mountain biker, was arrested in New York on Tuesday on drug distribution charges. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say Melissa Missy Giove, 37, along with Eric Canori, 30, planned to sell an eye-popping 400 pounds of pot. If convicted, they could face up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.
According to the New York Daily News, Melissa Giove flew to the Albany airport on Tuesday morning and took a taxi to a hotel where she picked up a truck and trailer full of pot from an informant; she then drove the truck to the Hannaford Bros. supermarket in Saratoga County. It is there where Melissa Giove reportedly met Canori, and then proceeded to follow him to his home, where some of the pot was unloaded. She was later arrested by the police – who confiscated the rest of the weed from the trailer – at Saratoga Lake.
To say that Melissa “The Missile” Giove is a colorful character is an understatement in the truest sense of the word. And this is evidenced by the fact that Melissa Missy Giove used to ride her bike with a dead piranha around her neck and the ashes of her dead dog tucked inside her bra.
But now Melissa Giove has more serious matters to contend with.
Just like fellow athlete Corie Blount (a former professional basketball player), who was sentenced on marijuana charges recently. Sheriffs deputies found 18 pounds of marijuana at one of his homes. Of course, it doesn’t compare to the amount of pot found in the possession of Melissa Giove, but, nonetheless, it is a significant amount and strongly suggests that Blount was dealing dope.
And while many pot proponents extol the virtues of cannabis for, among other things, it’s medicinal properties, it is a drug that can be dangerous for some people to ingest. In fact, some people have a allergic reaction to pot and, in these people, smoking marijuana can cause extreme anxiety, paranoia and panic attacks. Moreover, it is widely believed to be psychologically addictive and could quite possibly lead to the use of harder drugs.
Plus, possessing large quantities of it is illegal. Athletes like Corie Blount and Melissa Giove serve as role models to young people (whether they like it or not) and thus it is highly irresponsible for them to be engaging in criminal activities.
Former champion downhill mountain biker Missy Giove charged with marijuana distribution, Michael O’Keeffe, The Daily News
Corie Blount Sentenced on Marijuana Charges, Hartley Engel, Associated Content, May 13, 2009