Olympian jailed for coke deal

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:49 PM ET

VANCOUVER --†A Canadian snowboarder, busted for dealing the wrong kind of snow in San Diego, was sentenced to four years in jail Thursday.

Ryan Wedding of Coquitlam, B.C. was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey Miller in the Southern District of California. The 28-year-old was found guilty Nov. 30, 2009 by a San Diego jury for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Wedding, born in Thunder Bay, Ont., was 24th in parallel giant slalom at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics and had hoped to qualify for Vancouver 2010.

Co-accused Michael Krapchan of Vancouver and Hassan Shirani of North Vancouver both pleaded guilty. U.S. authorities claimed the trio worked for Elmar Akhundov, who is under investigation in California.

Wedding and Shirani were arrested by FBI agents on June 13, 2008 while they were leaving a San Diego hotel in a car rented by Wedding. Agents found $100,000 cash hidden in a hotel room rented by Wedding. Krapchan was arrested after paying $17,000 to buy a kilogram of cocaine. Authorities had a confidential informant and recordings of conversations among the trio regarding a drug deal.


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