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California mother of Olympic snowboarder arrested in Hamburg on federal drug charges

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Olympic professional snowboarder Elena Hight with her mother, 51-year-old Myra Hight

The California mother of an Olympic snowboarder is accused by federal authorities of being part of a large-scale marijuana trafficking ring. 

51-year-old Myra Hight was arrested February 20 in a parking lot off Route 62 in the town of Hamburg.   She is the mother Olympic professional snowboarder Elena Hight. 

Local law enforcement released details of the arrest Monday in Buffalo. 

WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Erie County Sheriff's Department senior detective Alan Rozanski about the significance of this arrest. 

A search warrant was executed for Hight’s vehicle; in it officers confiscated approximately $77,571 in cash; a taser; a computer; cell phones and GPS device.

The daughter is not believed to be involved in the ring.   Hight has been charged federal.  She remains in custody and is expected to post bail Tuesday.

Elena Hight is an Olympian and three-time X Games medalist.  Hight was participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games and is expected to take part in the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia.