Former Olympic Gold Medal winner, Tim Montgomery, will spend five years in jail on heroin charges. The Olympic track star was once referred to as “the world’s fastest man” was sentenced to five years for dealing heroin to an informant. Read more below.
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Olympic track star Tim Montgomery has received a sentence of five years in prison for a drug deal with an informant.
“I was blind “” I never had a job in my life,” Montgomery told U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Friedman. “I did the wrong thing.”
Montgomery, 33, will serve the five-year sentence after he completes a 46-month prison term for an unrelated conviction in New York.
US Drug Enforcement Administration agents said Montgomery sold 111 grams of heroin to an undercover informant for about 8,500 dollars, with four meetings between Montgomery and the informant videotaped by the federal authorities.
Montgomery won an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2000 games and a silver in the same event four years earlier. Now these drug charges will overshadow his achievements.
Tim Montgomery accepted his sentence accompanied only by his lawyer, James Broccoletti. His parents and siblings traveled in a van from South Carolina for the sentencing, but did not arrive before the 20-minute hearing ended, Broccoletti said.
“What we find here is someone who has wrecked his life,” the prosecutor, Eric M. Hurt, told the court.
Montgomery’s heroin arrest happened as he awaited sentencing on a check-fraud scheme that ultimately sent him to prison.
“He has chosen to ignore every benefit given to him,” Hurt said.
Montgomery, hands clasped behind his back, softly addressed Friedman.
“I just want to say I’ve very sorry for what I’ve done,” he told the judge. “I’m sorry to my community and my family.”
Friedman also ordered Montgomery to five years of supervised release and drug testing after Montgomery serves his heroin sentence. He also called Montgomery “totally irresponsible” for having four children with four different women, including fellow disgraced Olympian Marion Jones.
Tim Montgomery made four drug deals in 2008 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The DEA informant made buys that were either electronically videotaped, tape-recorded or witnessed by agents, according to court records.
Montgomery’s Olympic medals and his world-record 9.78-second performance in the 100-meter dash were wiped clean after he was linked to the investigation of BALCO, the West Coast lab at the center of the steroid scandal in sports. He also was banned from track for two years.
While he never tested positive for drugs, he retired in December 2005 after the ban was imposed.
This past year Montgomery admitted his part in helping his former coach, Olympic champion Steve Riddick, and others cash $1.7 million in stolen and counterfeit checks.
Riddick is serving a five-year prison term. Montgomery’s former companion, Jones, served a six-month prison sentence for lying to investigators about the check-fraud scam and using steroids.