Calgary

Former national swimmer jailed for dealing drugs

A former national team swimmer and one-time Canadian record-holder will be spending the next four years in prison for trafficking ecstasy.

A former national team swimmer and one-time Canadian record-holder will be spending the next four years in prison for trafficking ecstasy.

Russell Patrick, who swam for Canada in the 1994 Commonwealth Games, will also be fined $48,000 from the proceeds of his illegal activity.

Patrick was arrested on Dec. 23, 2003, after police raided his Calgary home.

Alberta provincial court Judge Bob Wilkins said Patrick was at the top of a sophisticated organization, which distributed nearly five kilograms of the drug. Wilkins also noted that Patrick targeted young people.

Patrick held the Canadian men's 100-metre breaststroke record from 1995 until 2001.