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Former record holder pleads innocent to narcotics charges

AFP , NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Tim Montgomery celebrates after winning the 100m ahead of Nigerian Aaron Egbele and US Brian Lewis in the Grand Prix II meeting on April 25, 2004, in Fort de France, Martinique.

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Disgraced former 100m world record holder Tim Montgomery pleaded innocent to heroin distribution charges on Tuesday and had a trial set for July 9 after a federal judge denied him bail.

US District Court Judge F. Bradford Stillman called the 33-year-old sprinter, whose career ended with a 2005 doping ban, a danger to the community and a risk to flee in denying the bond request.

Montgomery will remain in Portsmouth city jail after his arrest last week on charges of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in the past year. Prosecutors denied four sales Montgomery allegedly made in the bond hearing.

Montgomery also faces sentencing May 16 in New York after pleading guilty in a check fraud scheme. He could received up to 46 months in prison on those charges.

“He is positive, wants the matter to be resolved in New York next week, wants to have one step at a time and get on with his life,” Broccoletti said.

Marion Jones, the mother of Montgomery’s son Tim, is in jail after pleading guilty to charges in the check fraud scheme and perjury for lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Jones was forced to surrender the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after admitting she was a dope cheat.

Montgomery’s 2005 ban, based upon evidence linking him to once-undetectable steroids in the BALCO scandal, wiped out his world-record 100m time of 9.78 seconds from September of 2002.

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