Tim Montgomery has made "really bad
mistakes" [GALLO/GETTY]
Newspapers in the United States are reporting that former 100-metre record holder Tim Montgomery has been indicted on heroin distribution charges.

The 33-year-old sprinter was arrested Wednesday on a sealed indictment, accused of dealing more than 100 grams of heroin in the Middle Atlantic state of Virginia over the past year, according to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

Montgomery was being held at the Portsmouth city jail, said Karin Johnson, public information officer for the Portsmouth sheriff's office.

She said U.S. marshals brought him in Wednesday night.

Montgomery told the newspaper he knew nothing of the accusations and that his arrest was a "total surprise.''

"You get caught up in the achievements,'' he said. "You get blinded and make really bad mistakes.''

Montgomery is to be sentenced May 16 in a New York-based cheque-fraud conspiracy.

Montgomery, who pleaded guilty, admitted he helped his former coach, Olympic champion Steve Riddick, and others cash $1.7 million in stolen and counterfeit cheques.

He faces up to 46 months in prison.

Riddick is serving a five-year prison term. Montgomery's former companion, Olympic champion Marion Jones, is serving a six-month prison term for lying to investigators about the fraud scandal and doping.

Montgomery won a gold medal in the 400 relay at the 2000 Olympics and a silver medal in the 400 relay at the 1996 Olympics.

In December 2005, Montgomery was banned from athletics for two years for doping and he retired.

All of his performances after March 31, 2001 were wiped from the books, including his world record of 9.78 seconds in the 100-metre dash in September 2002.

Source: Agencies