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Snowboarders Plead to Drug Charge

May 28, 1998

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) _ Two international snowboarders arrested on marijuana charges pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge on Wednesday and received sentences that require them to stay out of trouble for one year.

Michael Kildevaeld, 31, a member of Denmark’s Olympic snowboarding team, and Frederic Brett Tippie, who competes for Canada, were arrested Feb. 28 after a sheriff’s deputy stopped their car for traveling 83 mph in a 55 mph zone.

A drug-sniffing dog found about two grams of suspected marijuana and a pipe inside the vehicle.

Each was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Tippie, of Kamloops, British Columbia, also was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, which is a felony.

Kildevaeld, who holds Danish citizenship but listed his address as Centerville, Mass., faced additional misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

Both were concerned that a felony conviction could effectively end their careers if they were barred from going to other countries. They entered guilty pleas to a count of possession of a drug that cannot be lawfully introduced into interstate commerce.

The sentence handed down by Judge Jim EnEarl during Wednesday’s brief hearing in East Fork Justice Court defers sentencing for one year at which time the charges will be dismissed if they complete a diversion program and undergo random drug testing.

They also were fined $270 each.

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