Dutch Olympic sprinter jailed in drug smuggline case

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DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The Dutch Olympic sprinter Madiea Ghafoor has been sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison on drug charges.

The German news agency dpa reports the court in the town of Kleve found Ghafoor knowingly imported around 50 kilograms of ecstasy and two kilograms of methamphetamine from the Netherlands into Germany in June.

The 27-year-old Ghafoor reached the European Championship final in the 400 meters last year and was tipped to represent the Netherlands in the 4x400 relay at the recent world championships. She also raced the 4x400 at the 2016 Olympics.

Dpa reports Ghafoor's defense said she had been taking performance-enhancing drugs and believed she was transporting substances for other athletes, not narcotics.


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