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One-time track star Montgomery denied bond

Former American track star Tim Montgomery had to wait an extra day to receive the news he didn't want to hear: he was denied bond on federal heroin distribution charges.

Former 100-metre world-record holder to be sentenced May 16 on heroin distribution charges

Former American track star Tim Montgomery had to wait an extra day to receive the news he didn't want to hear: he was denied bond on federal heroin distribution charges.

Montgomery, 33, appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va., before Magistrate Judge F. Bradford Stillman, who set a July 9 trial date.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, but was rescheduled after Montgomery retained a lawyer who requested time to review the case.

Montgomery was arrested last week on a sealed indictment accusing him of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in Virginia.

The former 100-metre world-record holder is to be sentenced May 16 in a New York-based cheque-kiting conspiracy.

Montgomery pleaded guilty, admitting he helped his former coach, Olympic champion Steve Riddick, and others cash $1.7 million US in stolen and counterfeit checks.

He faces up to 46 months in prison.

Montgomery's former companion, Olympic gold medallist Marion Jones, is serving a six-month prison term for lying to investigators about the cheque-fraud scam and using steroids.

With files from the Associated Press

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