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Snowboarders Plead to Drug Charge

May 28, 1998

MINDEN, Nev. (AP) _ Two international snowboarders arrested on marijuana charges will have their records cleared if they stay clean for a 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 feared that a felony conviction could effectively end their careers if they were barred from going to other countries. They entered guilty pleas on Wednesday 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 a 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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