Dutch Olympic sprinter found with 110 lbs of ecstasy when she was stopped at a routine border control in Germany has been imprisoned for more than eight years
- Madiea Ghafoor, 27, has deliberately imported drugs from the Netherlands into Germany
- She did not say who had given her the medicine to transport due to safety concerns
- Her defense said she thought she was carrying performance-enhancing drugs
A Dutch Olympic sprinter has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for drugs in Germany after being found in her car during a routine border check with 110 pounds of ecstasy.
A court in Kleve, Germany, found Madiea Ghafoor, 27, deliberately imported the ecstasy as well as 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine from the Netherlands to Germany in June.
Ghafoor's defense said she decided to take performance-enhancing drugs to improve her career and believed that she was transporting similar substances for other athletes, not drugs.
Madiea Ghafoor (who participates in a 400 meter semi-final at the European athletics championships in Berlin in 2018) deliberately imported ecstasy from the Netherlands to Germany in June
She did not say who had given her the medicine to transport, and feared the safety of her and her family.
In addition, 11,950 euros in cash was found in the car.
The Dutch Athletics Union said they were baffled & # 39; was by the verdicts and said the matter was handed over to the doping authorities.
The 27-year-old reached the final of the European championship at 400 meters last year and was tipped to represent the Netherlands in the 4×400 relay at the recent world championships.
The Dutch Athletics Union said it was & # 39; stunned & # 39; was by the verdicts and said the matter was handed over to the doping authorities (file image of ecstasy)
She also rode in the 4×400 at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where the Dutch team was eliminated in the heats.
A statement from the DAU reads: & # 39; With the German court ruling, the Athletics Union has obtained clarity on the question of guilt and rejects the actions of Ghafoor & # 39 ;, read a statement.
& # 39; The Athletics Union condemns any use of or trade in doping or drugs and is fully committed to Dutch doping legislation.
Her defense said she thought she was carrying performance-enhancing drugs (ecstacy file image)
& # 39; We regret the situation that has arisen for Madiea Ghafoor and her family. & # 39;
Ghafoor indicated that she is likely to appeal the conviction, because she has not declared guilty of the charges.
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