BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The mother of an Olympic snowboarder has
been accused of being part of a large-scale marijuana operation
after being arrested with $77,500 cash that investigators believe
she drove across the country to collect, authorities said Monday.
Myra Hight, 51, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was being held on
$1 million bail after being charged in Buffalo with federal
conspiracy to distribute marijuana.
Hight, the mother of Olympian Elena Hight, was arrested Feb. 20
in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg. Erie County Sheriff's
investigators announced the arrest Monday, saying they had not
wanted to impede their investigation into the operation, which they
said reached into Utah, Nevada, California and Hawaii.
"These people were probably dealing in millions of dollars of
marijuana," Senior Detective Alan Rozansky said.
Investigators have no reason to believe Elena Hight had any
knowledge of the organization or was involved, the officials said.
Hight competed in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics and is expected to
participate in the 2014 games.
There had been no other arrests in the case as of Monday
Myra Hight likely drove loads of marijuana in her pickup truck
across the country and collected payment for it, sheriff's
officials said. Officers confiscated $77,571 in cash, a stun gun,
computer, cell phones and a GPS device.
A man who answered the phone at a listing in Myra Hight's name
declined to say whether she has a lawyer. He wouldn't identify
himself but said Hight had been traveling on business for her
company, MotoAdvisor Inc. A Web listing for the company lists Hight
as chief executive officer and describes the business as a software
company focused on making service departments more efficient.