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Athlete avoids record after drug conviction

A hidden past of drug dealing by a former university football player now hoping to turn golf pro was declared an "exceptional circumstance" by a provincial court judge Monday.
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A hidden past of drug dealing by a former university football player now hoping to turn golf pro was declared an "exceptional circumstance" by a provincial court judge Monday.

David Kiggins pleaded guilty to one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking for less than three kilograms of marijuana. He admitted to selling about $30 worth of marijuana on three occasions in what judge Roy Dickey called a dial-a-dope operation.

The undercover operation was conducted by Delta police in June 2010.

Kiggins parted way with his lawyer, moved to Manitoba to play football and thought he left the charges behind, said defence lawyer Jay Michi.

But Crown lawyer Anthony Varesi said Kiggins was pulled over this year at a traffic stop in B.C. and re-arrested on the charges.

The Crown and defence made a joint submission for a conditional discharge, with nine months of probation.

Kiggins has no criminal record, attended university and pursued athletics after 2010.

"Since then the accused has done very well," said Varesi.

Michi said Kiggins was playing football in 2010 but was suffering from "family anxiety" and fell into drug dealing.

He is now on the cusp of playing golf at the professional level.

"He's here today to deal with the past," Michi said.

Dickey granted the conditional discharge, declaring Kiggins an "exceptional circumstance" and thus avoiding a jail term.