Sam Brown R.I.P.

Mar 5, 2009 at 11:50
Mar 5, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
 
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Source: Cam McRae

I met Sam Brown once - by chance - back in 1999. I was with a few buddies and we had just ridden The Monster in Kaslo B.C. It was mid summer and we were sitting by the truck drinking a beer and revelling in the glory when he pedalled up to say hi. We soon learned that Sam had built much of The Monster himself - a truly world class marvel of a trail. He was just a kid and he was riding around on flat pedals with no shoes on - and he really looked like a forest elf. He was soft spoken and he seemed a kind, gentle spirit.

I remember hearing that the hub for the Disconstructed Wheel was machined by Sam's dad as a high school grad present.  Screen cap from NWDIII.

I remember hearing that the hub for the Disconstructed Wheel was machined by Sam's dad as a high school grad present. Screen cap from NWDIII.


The next time I saw Sam was at the premiere of NWD III Freewheel Burning - on the screen. He had built one of the most amazing contraptions you could ever ride a bike on. He called it the 'The Disconstructed Wheel' but everyone else called it the hamster wheel. He rode on and his rear wheel stopped on the latching mechanism, releasing the wheel. Then he got on the pedals and the wheel began to turn until it finally hit the opposite lock and he rode off onto a skinny. The next move was a wheelie off from a standstill. It was an imaginative engineering marvel that he somehow managed to put together high on a mountain top. Or at least that's what I heard at the time.

Sam riding his creation back in 2002.

Sam riding his creation back in 2002.


Sam put together a pretty decent segment after that. His most impressive move was a high speed manual on a long skinny. He put the front wheel down just in time to launch off the end. I have no idea what life held for Sam after that but it's clear that at some point things got interesting.

Samuel Jackson Lindsay-Brown could ride a bike.  Screen cap from NWD III.

Samuel Jackson Lindsay-Brown could ride a bike. Screen cap from NWD III.


Recently Sam was contacted to transport 350 lbs of marijuana across the B.C. border into northern Washington State. The deal was set up by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Apparently it was a rainy, foggy night and the DEA assumed the helicopter delivery would be canceled. News reports suggest that when the DEA arrived at the meeting point Sam was already unloading the crop from the machine. He had apparently flown the helicopter through the mountains on a very dirty night, landing in the Colville National Forest north of Spokane. The helicopter was reported stolen by the owner from Malakwa B.C. I haven't been able to discern whether Sam held a fixed or rotary wing license at this point but I think a rotary license is unlikely.


That was February 23rd. On Friday February 27th Sam was found dead in his jail cell in Spokane. It's unlikely that we'll ever know much about what happened on the four days after Sam's arrest.

Without knowing all the details it's tough to know how Sam found himself in this predicament. While his actions were clearly risky, dangerous and against international law, Sam can also be considered a casualty of the misguided, expensive and - worst of all - fruitless, 'War On Drugs.'

We'd like to express our sincerest condolences to Sam's friends and family.

-Cam McRae
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246 Comments

  • + 77
 RIP bud. Shred heaven's trails.
  • + 85
 Drugs only ends bad news. say no to drugs! RIP
  • + 31
 if pot was legal as it should be thid type of thing wouldnt have to happen. the war on drugs, especially pot is a joke. RIP
  • + 16
 we could argue about the war on drugs all day and night but it's pointless it doesn't change that a good rider/person is dead because of decisions of others and his own.

something tells me if there is 350lbs of pot on a heli this wasn't a small time deal; apparently he hung himself after 4 days prison. there is something that doesn't line up with that.

and i agree the war on drugs is a joke, just like the war on terrorism. if you have attainable goals that is different buy how can you beat something that exist everywhere

manifest destiny i guess.

RIP Sam

either way RIP
  • + 2
 While I certainly do not support drug use, this is not really a "drug" tragedy, but a "law enforcement" one. There are way too many people who mysteriously die in Jail these days ....
  • + 32
 Thats pretty sad, but he is a dumbass for being in that kind of buisness. 350lbs is a shitload of bud.
  • + 7
 Srsly. If he's running drugs at that level... not a very good person IMO.
  • + 4
 yeah i'm bummed that this happened. I saw the name on the headline and i was like NWD 3!!! but a lot of bikers tese days don't watch the old school stuff. This uscks that he had to die i wish he wasn't into that kind of business. I think Myles Rockwell also got caught somewhere for having a marijuana grownig room in his basement a long time ago. he was also in the older NWDs regardless of the cause, RIP Sam Brown
  • + 16
 major neg props for the DEA setting up a sting - theres a lot of decent people who would be tempted, if approached, to run drugs; even decent people who dont normally get into shit as deep as that. I think drug enforcement is absolute bollocks, as are drug laws, but I guess you'd have to know my philisophical views to understand that.
I blame the DEA for this.
I also wish i had 350lbs of marijuana for personal use, but hey: thats a different story altogether!

RIP Sam - I never knew who you were before this as Im not that oldschool - but this is a major blow for biking AND the current state of world affairs (what a f*cking time we live in eh?).

Peace man.
  • + 3
 im so bummed he was in nwd 3 its not good to see things end this way. i saw that video when i firts started riding,it realy got me into it,this is bad news im realy angered by this,its not a good idea to smugle drugs but this guy was a shreder,isint going to have a job that makes him alot of money,its not like he makes the money other athletes do,i can see how he got into that shit,but weed doesnt ruin lifes and it is ovious the entire story isint being told,someone knows something and will never say shit about it,if thats the case someone will pay for it, more importantly rip to sam,peace buddy.
  • + 3
 i never met sam, but i am exremly sad, and im even more sad about how he died, it dident have to happen he could have just not killed himself its not like a car accident, but now its to late, it makes me so sad to see one of us go down like that, before he died was he still into mountain biking? or did he quit later and deal drugs? We dont need drugs mtb is our drug and its alot safer,

R.I.P. sam
  • + 2
 Wow! That's a truly sad story. RIP Sam.

Such bullshit that some refer could land you in a situation like that... I hope the DEA feels good about this one, 350lbs of ganja off the street and one young man dead... How does that balance?
  • - 11
 Someone is accountable nd i hope whoever it was who killed him rots in hell. If you could read this i hope your happy you took a pioneer of the sport away from us. Still not the greatest idea smugglin 350 pounds into the states. Someone needs to investigate the murder so the whole bike community can verbally bash him into a coma. R.I.P Sam Brown.
  • + 8
 I already had one comment deleted. I feel bad for his family and it's a terrible story... but I'm sure (even as his family must realize), he brought these circumstances on himself, and then killed himself. It's a terrible end to a great rider. It's too bad, but if you're going to choose to make choices like he did you better be ready to deal with the consequences.
  • + 12
 This is a really sad story. I'm really sorry to all those that know this young dude, as it seems that he got himself in way too deep. Its also Fu$ked that the DEA set this whole deal up, for POT? Sure its currently an illegal drug but isn't there better ways to spend the governments coin and resources on controlling other parts of our society like hard drugs ,corporate crime and political crime? I've had buddies that have dealt a bit of gear from time to time and I dont think anything less of them, nor should you. This kid was only 24! He was scared out of his mind being in a USA jail and being treated like he's a hard criminal. This can almost solely be blamed on the Authorities, and they need to reassess their targets and roles.

Thanks for you contribution to the sport Sam!
My thoughts go out to your Family and Friends.
  • + 0
 It's a shame that he made the choices that he made. Who knows what's behind all this. He wanted to be dead rather than being in jail or being out of it maybe. I loved NWD3 because of him spinning that wheel, such a shame he's gone, really sad. Shitty drugs... I haven't seen anything good come from it. RIP Sam.
  • + 0
 RIP
was he still riding his bike when he got into all this?
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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBD1nuN4JCs

if someone hasnt seen the video. theres the link. rip man
  • + 9
 this makes me, i dont really know what to say. hes a crazy muther fucker i know that, but its gnarly how some of the top pros turn into drug addicts and dealers and smugglers. it dont change my opinion on this guy. just cause you smuggle drugs doesnt make you a bad person. it just means you made a bad decision. we all make bad decisions. some bigger than others. and that bastard probably let him use the helicopter for a cut of the money but then reported it stolen to cover his own ass. it was reported stolen 2 days after they caught sam. im pretty sure i would notice if my chopper was gone or not in less then 2 days. there is no way that 350 pds on weed could be for personal use either like it says on spokesman.com thats bullshit. he didnt want to rat out a higher power and risk getting killed. but either way he was gonna be killed. i dought it was his weed. he just lost 350 pounds of someone elses weed. thats a lot of fuckin money buddy. he was gonna die either way. thats why you dont get involved with drugs and you wont be fucked
  • + 1
 yeah man agree with you wondaboy he was fucked either way. RIP SAM
  • + 1
 this is crazy, i cant even get to grips with that story its like its out of a film or something!
  • + 0
 wondaboy,im not positive on this,but 350 pounds of weed is like half a million bucks,maybe less or more depending. that amount of weed is used for trading cocaine,heroin etc. hence why the dea makes a big deal out of it.i thuaght it was the dea's weed,and it was all a big set up,or it was part of a ring and the dea caught onto it,odd that sam would be the guy for the entire deal if thats the case,and someone in the ring would of had to be dealing with undercovers and that would of been how they knew where to go,but then sam wouldnt realy be responsible for the loss of the drugs.dealing with a DEA set up,a drug ring,or going to jail can easily end your life. such a young kid and huge part of the progression in the sport tho.
  • + 0
 first of all, thats about 700000 dollars worth of chronic. second.. how could you fit 350 pounds into a helicopter... 350 pounds is ENOUCH cronic.
  • + 2
 woah, thats some crazy story!

Well, whatever the story was on the weed, RIP dude, sounds like the world has lost a fantastic rider and generaly nice bloke. Best wishes to all friends and family. Frown
  • + 1
 if i havent read this right tell me? 350 POUNDS?!?!?!?!?!?!
  • + 2
 R.I.P Sam Brown, he helped build alot of the monster wich is a sick trail, in kaslo B.C, DH/Freeride trail. thx sam for making a sweet trail in such a little town.so fun!!
  • + 1
 CBC did a documentry on it. i saw it lastnight. you guys should watch it. so sad!!!!!the drug war creates larger addictions for money and not just for smugglers and street levle dealers! he got caught up in a larger game.
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  • + 29
 RIP but holy shit 350lbs of marijuana! in a stolen heli! crazy bastard.
  • + 10
 i agree... at some point along that story he must of thought he was taking it too far! what a shame!
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 "Sam can also be considered a casualty of the misguided, expensive and - worst of all - fruitless, 'War On Drugs.'"

This story gives me the chills. The above quotation could not be more accurate. The US War on Drugs is the figure head of the prison industrial complex ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison-industrial_complex ) and it makes me absolutly sick, enraged and disappointed that Canada, as a sovreign nation, can't form it's own drug policy because of our close proximity to the USA, fear of trade embargos and political bullying.

Marijuana SHOULD be legal, controlled and taxed. It would reduce gang profits, criminal offences for otherwise "good" people and for f*ck's sake it comes from the earth, naturally. How anyone can think that making it illegal is a positive thing is completely beyond me.

That's my rant. RIP Sam.
  • + 8
 its made illegal by the same people who get absolutely trashed, drive around drunk to pick up hookers, lie to there wives about it, and get elected anyway, even when they get caught doing so, instead of laughing at ave ventura 2 and fall asleep earlier then they expected on a friday night with there friends
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 My friends Danny, Robb and I ran into Sam while sledding back in 2003. We were at this one spot near Salmo Pass (near Crestin BC) and this pimped truck pulling a pimped enclosed trailer rolls up. Out pops Sam, an older fat dude and some other guy. They unload 3 brand new Ski-Doo Summits. Danny and Robb recognized Sam and went over to say hi. Anyways, they were not inclined to chat and hastily booted out of there up the trail. We finished getting ready and headed up the trail too. We came across Sam trying to prevent his sled from tumbling further off a cliff below a corner he was obviously gong to fast to make. We all helped him back up. At this point we asked where they were planning on riding and they said they were going to the same lake we were headed for. We took off and left them behind. We made it to the lake and spent a couple of hours shralping the powder and doing speed runs. Sam and the other guys never showed up but we did hear their sleds to the south. At the time joked that they were probably running drugs across the border (which was only a few km to the south). We ended up having mechanical trouble and got back to our trucks well after dark. We even hung in the lot for a couple of hours but those guys never returned.

Since then we have told this story a few times when that trim comes to mind. Then we see this story. Sucks to know we were right with our suspicions all along.
  • + 1
 wow thats crazy man, rip sam.
  • + 1
 I guess it was 2005. Here is a video of that very day www.youtube.com/watch?v=oybhlC0wVRU
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 Whilst like most I haven't ever met or spoken to Sam, and barely been aware of his existance over here in the UK. However, as when any news like this comes to light, especially in such a small global community like downhill & freeriding, the impact is felt by many across the world.

I'm not going to make excuses for anything that Sam chose to do for they were his decisions. However, what this shows is that no matter how badly somebody screws up, they are still cared about by many people; both families and friends, and they are all affected by the choices that their loved ones choose to make. The sad thing here is that Sam will not have the opportunity to make amends for his bad decisions. Things happen in peoples lives that can lead to them making all sorts of decisions; some good and some bad. Sometimes the bad decisions don't go too far and you are able to come out of the other side with some more knowledge, more experience and the realisation that you made a bad decision but not suffer any ill effects. Sam hasn't been so lucky. Yes, he was a drug trafficker who was bringing in a large quantity of an illegal substance, was caught, and needed to face up to the music. On the other side he was a talented rider, somebody who pushed himself, and somebody who was obviously well respected in our community and cared for by many. RIP.
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  • + 11
 What a coward. Dude was a great rider, in over his head in the BC marijuana scene, and he panicked and killed himself. If he really committed suicide, he's a wuss. However something about the story doesn't add up. The whole deal doesn't strike me as something you'd kill yourself over, and he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would kill himself (though admittedly I don't really know that much about the guy). Something reeks of a cover-up.
  • + 1
 Glad someone had the guts to say that
  • + 1
 I agree, we will never know. But unlike you and Martin, this story and "circumstance" prior to his suicide, is not much of a suprise to me and many others alike. I will say that it is sad and my heart goes out to those he has left behind.
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 sorry wrong reply
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  • + 14
 in a free world people wouldn't be die'n over pot, what a waste of life and tallent....LEGALIZE IT! RIP man...
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 As I scroll down reading these notes it becomes evident to me who new Sam and who did not. I met Sam in helicopter training... We both started around the same time and as i was struggeling with the controles and attempting to hover, Sam was flying circles around me and hovering as if he was in a still frame picture. As talented as Sam was it occured to me very quickly that he marched to the beat of his own drum and that was somthing i admired about him. Everyone and anyone has there opinion about Sams actions but if you ask me i think Sam did not make his decisions on the money to be made nor the consequences. I think Sam figured he would Smuggle 350lbs of the worlds finest green across arguably the worlds most well gaurded boarder, on a rainy night in a helicopter that he had never flown for the thrill, and that is truly amazing! Say what you will about this tadgaty, I just Hope that Sam relized the positive effect he had on everyone that had the plesure to meet him RIP SAMMY B ... DMAC
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  • + 9
 Heel clickers while pulling a manual down the Kaslo hill, riding the monster bare footed, dropping a double reataining wall to near flat and having almost the whole town out to watch, committed to building the monster daily using his own resources, time, and money so that we all could have an epic ride and tale to tell at the end of the day.
For all those who were close to him and spent time with him riding, building, drinking, and what not, he was a great friend, and a great person.
We always used to refer to him as smiles, as thats all he would do, just smile and love life everyday as much as he could.
He showed us all how to really appreciate life and not take anything for granted. He was so selfless and thought of everyone around him, before himself; spending so much time on trails and maintenance so that we could have a great ride and see what a talented person and trail builder he was.
From the beginning of when we first rode together, to our last ride on the monster, he stepped it up huge and was pulling things that no one else would even dare to.
I had the great pleasure to meet Sam about 9 years ago when he stepped foot into small town Kaslo. I'd always see his trucked parked at random places where he would spend the night camped in the back or stay at a buddies place, always with his bike close at hand.
He blew me away with his passion and desire to ride his bike everyday, riding on logs close to the beach or at the loggers sports area, or finding gaps or hucks that were close at hand to ride. Before long, everyone in town who rode, or had the desire to, knew who Sam was.

Sam began to build a trail i beleive was known as the "never ending bridge", which for all of us that knows of it or has seen this trail, it definatly ends...quickly.. Large huck into trees that I wouldn't dare to touch then, nor now, but Sam would bust it out huge just to show it can be done.
From there, the monster was secretive to some, but very well known to those that helped clear with sam and too, had the dream to build an amazing trail.
The monster, which still to me is an epic, crazy, and probably the best trail i've ever ridden, and to the many many riders out there that have ridden it before can testify to that.
To all those kids in the koots who ever saw Sam ride, i can bet just because of him, they picked up their bikes and wanted to ride just like him.
To all those people that have been impacted by Sams life and the greatness of having him as a friend, they all know he lived a life of sheer happiness and never let anything bring him down.
To all, lets remember Sam for what he was, a great person, a great friend, a ripper, and someone we will never forget.
So the next time you roll into Kaslo to ride the monster, or really any trail in the koots; just think that Sam had a big contribution in the riding community there and lets appreciate all his hard work and effort that he put in.
For those close by, lets pay tribute to Sam if you are in the area May long weekend, and meet between mr skinny and monster, or at the "never ending bridge".
Send any emails to [email]surfnsteve13@yahoo.com[/email] and we can arrange a time and day.
Lets never forget - Sam Brown - We'll miss you dude.
Shred them trails up there for us!!
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  • + 9
 WTF that is unreal. Even in times of hope it's hard to put faith in 'the land of the free'. I was madly impressed years ago with the wheel stunt Sam built. Best wishes to the family.
  • + 0
 Sad story, his riding looked amazing before this downfall.
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 Sam was an intelligent, kind and respectful young man. Sam made some pretty poor choices and was also facing indictment in US Federal Court for distribution of hundreds of thousands of MDMA pills and smuggling several dozen kilograms of cocaine into Canada from the United States. The DEA did not entrap Sam. Sam was on a regularly scheduled flight between the US and Canada where MJ and MDMA would be smuggled in and cocaine would be smuggled out. I don not think Sam was a coward; he just could not see any light at the end of the tunnel. My heart goes out to Sam, his family and friends. Sam and his family have certainly been in my prayers. The real coward is Colin Martin, the owner of the helicopter Sam was flying. He is a ten year fugitive in the US for drug smuggling. Colin, you want to make things right? Stop pretending (lying) Sam stole your helicopter and turn yourself in to the authorities in the US and face the music. Unfortunately like most cowards, Mr. Martin will most likely wash his hands of Sam and find someone else to make him money. RIP Sam.
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  • + 8
 the guy stole a freaking helicopter he couldn't fly to bring 350 lbs of drugs across an international boarder! its not like he was busted with a joint in his glove box!
  • + 5
 Clearly he could fly the helicopter, as the pot was delivered. Of course that's beside the point.
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 i suppose everyone is entitled to their own opinion and i don't agree with what sam did (re:drugs) but he did not deserve to die and he especially does not deserve to be disrespected by you people who are calling him a coward , dumbass , wuss and praticularly not a THEIF. before casting stones do your reasearch and you'll see that the real coward is colin martin , as well as all of you who've hid behind your monitors name calling someone who is dead. sam was an imensely talented human being at everything he did and for those who didn't know he was also a contract faller in b.c and very good at his job. every crazy thing he did he did for the thrill. this is a tribute to an amazing friend , family member and to some an idol. didn't anyone ever tell "if you don't have anything nice to say , don't say anything at all" ?
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 To ALL OF THOSE SHIT TALKERS:some of these posting super SUCK!!!! Tell me when u haven't made a poor choice. Dont judge before you have walked a day in his shoes.Remember there is more to this than what the media is reporting dont believe everything you read.
I was a good friend of Sam's and can tell you, we are all reeling in disbelief. we all want to know what happened. All the details are sketchy at best. Please feel free to be a little more empathetic to this situation. HE WAS LOVED and HE made a bad choice. After all - he was only 24!!!! I have ridden dH bikes with Sam, Skied down mt peaks with Sam. he was a True Kootenay kid who loved his family, friends and community. anybody who he met always had great things to say about Sam and that bashful smile. We will miss you SAMMY & I will miss those great times playing with youSmile MY FRIEND GODSPEED!!!
  • + 2
 I'll admit. I've made a few poor choices. I haven't smuggled drugs yet though.
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 Most people who were friends with sammy knew he could pretty much do anything he wanted to do, and do it well....so f*cking what if he didn't ride a bike anymore, his dedication and contributions to the sport makes most of you sh*t talkers look like the snotty nosed little posers you are...if you want to turn this into an ethics forum you obviously just like the sound of your own voice and wouldn't even appreciate the ball of young human energy that was sam brown...to all you pansy sh*t talkers who think you can judge sammy soley based on what you read above, get a freakin life...I dare you to come to the kootenays spewing like that...
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 I have to agree with this commentSmile
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 I would first like to say that I knew Sam....not incredibly well, but well enough to know that he was extremely special. He was someone you held a soft spot for. I would also like to say that it takes a community to make a tragedy like this happen....and with the "relaxed" vibe here in the Kootenays surrounding pot, and the lure for young people to make part or all of their living based on this industry is somewhat a "given" around here. It is sad that we have become so complacent about this industry.....and don't get me wrong, I have no beefs with pot, and really think that the whole world would be better off if we just decriminalized it all together. It is relatively "normal" for a young person such as Sam to get involved in these sorts of activities....and it is very sad that it had to come to this..... we should all take a hard look at what it is we are creating around here.....nobody should ever have to feel so desperate to have to do something like this.....we have truly lost someone who was...... and would have had the potential to be "great" in this world..........it's a crying shame.
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 Everybody has there own version of right and wrong. This is not the forum for preaching morals. I knew Sam. Rode with him a lot.Built trails together.Got him into the bar for the NWD3 party. RIP bro....
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 So can somebody please explain to me what the f*ck the DEA were doing getting a civilian contractor to Smuggle 350lb of an internationally embaroged substance in a stolen helicopter over an international border?
  • + 4
 Cause they just like fuckin people over for nothing, ITS JUST WEED, no matter the quantity.
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 O and i really doubt the helicopter was stolen, that dude was probably in on the profits and just reported it stolen to cover his own ass.
  • + 5
 The words don't really make it clear. But what I can put together was that it was done as a sting with Sam as the target and they arrested him just after he landed.
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 ^^ yeah that was my first thought too.
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 R.I.P SAM BROWN YOU WAS THE MAN BACK THEN YOUR STLL THE MAN GOD LOVE YOU
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 From the town of blue river..... we miss you sam. You are and will always be in our hearts. You and your family are so wonderful in many ways. People do crazy things under pressure. We all understand and we all wish things were different. Your life will always be remembered by true friends and loved ones. Our thoughts go out to lou,jen, elenor and all other family. love... an ol' school mate of Blue River.--the redhead--
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 RIP. But "helicopter [...] stolen," smuggling 350lbs of drugs, etc... I just lost a lot of respect for him (assuming I didn't misinterpret the article), it's a shame seeing as he was hell of a rider.
  • + 6
 Gotta say this story had the opposite effect on me. This bro was all about sending it. A TRUE LEGEND.
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 "Deal the vice..."

What a load of BS. You trash talkers got some nerve trashing a dead man. I guess that's the only way y'all have enough balls, kick him when he's down.

As for the drug trafficking, how do y'all think your Alcohol, Tobacco, Viagra, lithium and Coffee get around, Faeries? Look at your own lives before trashing what someone else did. And before you scream "but we mean illegal drugs..." try to understand that there was a time when Sugar, yes SUGAR was illegal.

But the real point is that the only thing needed is heart felt R.I.P. Sam or hold your tongue. If you haven't got that much respect where do you get off preaching moral authority? And as likely as it seems he killed himself someone else could have hung him just as likely. Who actually thinks your R.I.P. matters when it is preceded by "He made his bed now he sleeps in it."

This is a Tragedy for our community, both the Kootenay community and the Mountain bike community. It is a tragedy for all those very close to Sam. I hope he is remembered as the innovator he was and the inspiration he provided to most of the current huckers. Without Sam no on would have the rat wheel and likely it would have been a long time before someone tried riding a tight wire.

R.I.P. Sam. You made the world a better place.
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 thank you !
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 I'm sorry for your loss Sam's family. I never knew Sam, but I initially took an interest in this story because I am also a helicopter pilot. I have learned since the many good things about Sam. The real truth in my opinion, can come from Mr. Martin himself. It has been speculated in the Salmon Arm area for months now from people in the small aviation circles that these helicopters (yes that's plural) he has leased or owns have been used for exactly this type of thing. They have been buzzing around the Shuswap area since last spring, for no apparent commercial use that anyone knows of, at a cost that probably exceeds $2000 per hour. If this wasn't suspicious enough, he didn't report a minimum $750,000 helicopter stolen for 2 days?? Not mentioned on the forum is the fact that Sam must have had some training and some considerable time behind the controls of a helicopter. I don't care what anyone says or what happens in the movies nobody can just jump in a helicopter for the first time and even get it off the ground, never mind fly an actual mission with it at low flight levels and in poor visibility. In the type of weather conditions he was in that night Sam must of had some pretty thorough training by someone that knew what he was doing. I hope for the sake of your family the RCMP does their job and nails this guy and the truth will come out for everyone that knew Sam.
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 Your right Iceman.....something does not make sense here. A fu#kin helo is no joke to fly. Its so much harder than a prop. You cannot just get in one in fly even if you have 1000's of hours flying.

Poor guy just got caught up in the wrong situation.
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 yes it is sad to see another casualty from the war on drugs, but i dont know why so many say oh its such a shame that he trafficked drugs i have many friends who do and sell drugs and i find nothing wrong with, yes they are bad but people make choices in their life whether they are good or bad an action is always followed by a consequnce and in Sams case it was a bad consequnce but dont judge him by one choice or one action he was still a great rider. Keep On Riding Sam R.I.P
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 R.I.P. his segment in NWD3 was unreal the manual down the skinny was insane, he had rediculous amounts of talent. Sad to see him go down like that. Frown
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 i agree with you there that manual down the skinny was sick! its a shame that we are never going to see him do that again...
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 The Memorial was beautiful. Sammy was laid to rest in the Kootenays under a old tree next to family. the sun came out for him. He will be missed and IS LOVED. GODSPEED SAMMY...GODSPEED
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 Man that Sucks!

Almost every person I know who has used drugs or using drugs has a story about something bad that has happened to them or a friend....including weed.

Should pot be made legal? In small amounts, YES...in large amounts....NO (unless they start to give a business lic out for selling it).

Also if your the person who LOVES pot, and smokes it non-stop.....grow up.

RIP Sam
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 It sucks to see somebody go - but I really think there's a part of the story not being told and most likely never will be.

"In a phone interview, Martin confirmed the helicopter was stolen from Gorge Timber Corp., and that he knew Lindsay-Brown personally.

"As I said to the RCMP officer, Sam's truck was in the lot where the helicopter was, and I said, 'If Sam does have something to do with this, it's very out of character from the Sam that I know,'" said Martin."

Personally, I really don't know what to think. Stealing a helicopter and transporting that much pot deserves consequence of law, regardless if it was a sting or not. It's illegal and until that changes (which im not really for at all), thats the bottom line. However, as Martin said in the quote, it was out of character for him. Maybe he was hiding something, I don't know and most likely we will never know. I'm sorry that it had to go down like it did.
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 Hey Sams Family here, thank you all for your words. Sam was an amazing athelete, he was riding hard to this day. He was never a quitter, he always pulled through and pushed the limits. Sam lived an eternity in a short lifetime, no one will ever match that. He was an absolutley outstanding Son, Brother, and Uncle. He is immensely missed and will live on in all our hearts. There are so many holes in this story, we may never know the truth. "Do It For The Adventure"
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 Thank you Pinkbike for writing about Sam. You see him for the person he is. You don't overlook his talent because he was a 24 yr old who made a mistake. His spirit will live on... RIP Sammy, you are loved
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 wow, that really is quite upsetting hearing something like that, sympathy to all who knew him and his family.
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 I guess this friday @ 9:00pm on CBC, The show "The Fifth Estate" will have an episode called "over the edge" about what happened to Sam (RIP) and the BC drug trade.

Heres a link to a small preview:
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2009-2010/over_the_edge/
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 There's a tonne of speculation. here.. and I am going to add a bit of my own, but you have to consider even the economics of the world these days...

Think about how hard BC has been hit with the United States flagrant disregard for the NAFTA treaty and how many communities have seen multi-digit drops in employment over the soft-wood embargo... If you don't know even this much, which is *pre* 2008/2009 economic recession you might consider doing some research.

Ponder this. When you have no viable source of income, and you need to feed your family, what do you do? Ponder this outside of the situation described with Sam, I'm not pretending to know his mindset, this is just a lead in...

But perhaps, as many of you will knee-jerk react... oh! You don't need to sell drugs. Fair. But when you have no local product that can be viable to sell on market, for example because the United States in *contradiction* of their NAFTA agreements as confirmed by the WTO and World Bank (both have condemned the US for these actions against Canada's softwood lumber industry), you might find the noose around your neck even before you slip out of bed in the morning.
Unless of course you are ready to abandon your beautiful British Columbia and move elsewhere to find your wage...

Now this isn't meant to be dismissive of any of the actions taken by Sam or thousands of other smugglers in BC... but the fact remains that good people suffer over what? (you can lead into now why the War on Drugs has been an epic failure since Nixon initiated it if you want).

What is it exactly? The War on drugs is a start, but the world is much bigger and complex than that, there are multitudes of strong undertows and currents that this story touches on and all of your minds have now found a focus point.

Take this energetic impulse and focus it into your own research and quest for answers and don't make your assumptions from the start!
Drugs are not the answer nor are they the root of all of this... Think of this situation as merely symptomatic and look for the sources.
Please don't assume I sit here pretending to have answers, I don't at all, but I know there is more than meets the eye.

Peace
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 You might have actually made a decent point if it weren't for your blind Anti-Americanism.
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 Very sad story... my condolences to his family and friends.
And yes, I agree:
"...the misguided, expensive and - worst of all - fruitless, 'War On Drugs."
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 thas pretty intense story, sad to see a rider taken out like that. my best mate was in a similar situation, he made some pretty dumb descions for himself, at 17 got caught for burglury and had 147 charges of vandilism against him. they were gonna trial him as a adult as soon as he turned 18 but he hung himself before they could, he was scared of going to jail. a real shame. even though sams actions were wrong my sympathy goes out to his family and friends. RIP sam
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 Am I the only one that doesn't feel sympathy? He stole a helicopter and transported weed over the border? Not only that he left his truck at the seen of the crime?? Duh??
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 It sucks to hear but he knew what he was doing was wrong.
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 The guy prolly let him borrow the heli for a cut of the money then reported it stolen to cover his ass. Cause he reported it two days after this all happened
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 I do not feel any sympathy. He was old enough to know that he was doing something wrong. Obviously he felt the reward out weighed the risk. He was smuggling it doesn't matter if it was drugs or endangered animals. Smuggling is smuggling.
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 That doesn't make it any more right. He deserved to get caught, the fact that he's dead has nothing to do with it.
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 If you're moving 350 lbs, it's not your first run. This guy was in it for a long time before.
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 its sad that he's gone, but he was in way over his head. smuggling illegal goods in a stolen heli is'nt right
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 this is a fucked fucked fucked up story! i think ide smack the bastard for stealing. but i could give a shit about smuggling dope. weed isnt even bad for you, my uncle's been smoking for 30 years and nothin...lol
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 total agree with h.p. this is not about diverse morality interretation or about that abstract and relative ethics, it's about humanity and a that kind of persons that made something to make reality a little less boring or a bit more kind. No matter what a person did, no one deserves to be judged in a so undeeply way. We need to understand the real size of humanity, and that size can not be messured in just one way... I just hate the way Sam's died... didn't met him, but I feel shoked...
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 Deal in Vice .. Pay the Price. That simple. Goes for anybody who Deal's or Transport's drug's regardless of if they can ride a dam mountain bike. Feel sorry for the people he left behind.
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 I remember riding the wimp many moons ago.. One of the very first stunted trails around Nelson.. There was a section of a really steep, off camber loose rock into a must make right hander.. My buddy and I crashed on it so many times trying to make it.. The next time out, we rode it with the 13 year old trail builder.. He dialed that section first time and ran back up to try it over and over with us until we all rode it.. Years later I was on my way up to the monster, when we saw this kid doing a no footed manual down the concrete barrier of the kaslo hill.. Same little bastard.. Had many, many wicked rides on the monster over the years with that kid.. His skills on a bike would blow any rider away.. I know you think you are good, but not even close. He choose to walk away from the industry for many reasons, but he still loved to ride.. Little dude was hard to understand sometimes, but he make it clear he could ride a bike and was a solid kid.. R.I.P. Buddie.. Luego
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 Legalize it and watch the price plummet to fractions of it's current street value - drug growers and dealers will become hard working honest people, most on EI and starving just like regular farmers. Shame where life takes you sometimes. The straight and narrow kids, it's the only way.
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 Wow, I can't believe this, for some reason this story has hit me really hard, I am actually depressed now. A long time ago I saw his segment and it has stuck in my and inspired me to ride for many years now, unfortunately I never remembered his name so I was never able to see the segment until now. I have had flashbacks to his segment all the time it is truly classic. Even though his life was cut short, filming that piece of MTB history is probably something that few will achieve.
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 I think it is unfair to remember someone's life by a terrible incident which led to their death. We all make mistakes, every rider falls. Some do not walk away. We have all crashed, Rest in peace friend. DH
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 Its always sad to hear about injustices and temptations taking people out of the big picture. RIP Sam- too often the chances we take could lead us down similar roads. I hope that his family finds some closure in this troubling and untimely end to a young man's life.
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 R.I.P. Sam, My condolences to Friends and family, very, VERY sad to hear this happen to such a great rider...
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 I always liked his segment in NWD 3. Awesome imagination for building the wheel and an inspiration to us all. It just re-emphasise how big and bad this world is! You have to be on your toes at all times, you just never know whats coming your way!
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 RIP Sam.

It's weird, I was just thinking about him the other day...I was like 'what ever happened to that Sam Brown guy?'. His segment in NWD3 is one I will never forget.
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 Bottom line is - and it's something that the majority of people here seem to be missing - if he didn't have a segment in NWD 3, YOU WOULDN'T CARE.

If this were just a story in your local newspaper about some random guy who got busted for smuggling weed and then offed himself, you would probably move right on to reading Family Circus without a second thought.

Since he's what you would consider a "bro" due to a single segment in a mountain bike video from years ago, many people here are blindly trying to rationalize what he did.

Even if he wasn't transporting marijuana (for the sake of argument, let's say it was lollipops), what he did was still illegal. And over international borders nonetheless.

It's a shame he's dead now. But it's not a tragedy.
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 how dare U!! Not a tragedy. U are really not a good person R U. Living in your castle pointing fingers at all the little people. YOu must be such a big man who has no sense for humanity and worth. It is a tragedy for Sam's Family and friends. What makes you so special? R u upset because your a shitty biker and jelouse because somebody could be so ingenious to out think a complete moron like yourself. GET A LIFE!
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 dear senator, it is a mtn bike forum so we can relate a common interest we have and talk about events or persons involved in it. In that sense we care enough to say how it affects us. It's just like someone in your circle of friends or aquaintances passing away...tragedy or not as you call it, doesn't mean you don't or wouldn't care enough to talk about it. "bro" is just somebody you might have the same general interest with. So..don't discount the "majority" for speaking out...that's a douchebag thing to do considering there are probably some genuine wishes for his family and friends that are of some comfort here since we are all into bikes and people involved in it. I agree that it is a tragedy for his loved ones. It's a shame you had to write that. He could have had people around him trying to steer him away from this..that's tragic for them.
build a staircase down or better yet huck it down from your tower, bro...I think the majority of us are good and bad...
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 I when saw that wheel in NWD I tought to my self:
«That is the most inovative/best/suprising thing in the Shore history !»

RIP man...
And dont forget to build another one in heaven!
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 Suicide is a mortal sin, he'll go straight to Hell.
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 Words cannot describe how sad that is. As a father with 2 sons Sam's age, I can't imagine what his family must be going through right now. Speaking as a person with 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, there almost seems to be a conspiracy of silence in the media about the effects that pot has on a person's health. The better educated society is on the long term health and social effects of all drugs, the less demand there will be. When demand declines, fewer tragedies overall will occur. Legalize or not legalize is almost moot. Education and knowlege are the keys. www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/marijuana.html
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 Its really too bad he chose to smuggle weed in great amounts across the border. And that he stole a heli to do it. And that he hanged himself. I hope he finds peace.
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 RIP sam, you were an amazing rider and only my best wishes for the future go out to your family and friends, sad to see you go cheers, aaron
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 Well, I don't think it's fair to say that he stole a helicopter. It's pretty obvious that the owner was in on it, and later reported the heli as stolen to cover his ass. The rest of it? Well, it is what it is...
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 Stop the stupid comments 350lbs is a very-very small amount. Is obius that he wasn't never a big smuggler. Don't know about the Chooper steal....sounds BS to me as the hole "official" story.
The big dogs do not play with small loads.
Here in argentina a regular marijuana bust is about 4000pounds.

So anyway Rest In Peace S.B.
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 That sucks. It had to be one of the most creative segments and contraption that I have ever seen. I mean to get in the wheel looked hard enough, but then to manual at that speed on those skinny's was insane. That is just another great young talent lost this year. RIP.
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 RIP Mate He was a truely awesome rider, But to put it stright drugs fucked up your life, Dont do or sell drugs it will only end in sadness
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 I agree with bigtard,you get props and your right this aint the news,but dont blame pinkbike Cam form nsmb figured this was important news to let the whole world who only knew this Sam fellow from the riding scene,felt the need to share the full details about his death,maybe we didnt need to know the full specs but only that the riding scene lost one of its own and that he will be missed,i ve said my piece,and for the record i dint know this guy,only through disorder3, but he inspired me,one of my favorite clips ever R.I.P
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 you gotta live the way you want to be remembered...fortunately there was NWD3 for Sam and the rest of us mtbers, as for the rest of it... I hope his loved ones find comfort someday with it all. R.I.P.
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 havnt ever herd that much of him but now from what i read it sounds like he was a real cool little forest elf which he does look like one too lol but thats good since he can tear up any trail in the forest it looks like and he can build some of the best trails in the forest so, RIP SAM
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 Yeah it made no sense to me as soon as I heard the story. Too bad he took the fall for some ahole who is still out there enjoying his freedom. He was just a delivery man. I highly doubt he had something to do with the cultivation, harvest and sale of 350lbs of pot. Let alone the manufacturing of MDMA.
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 To shoobear...i couldnt agree w/you more.in the public eye your all goody goodies but who knows what you do in private....hell im sure half of you are smoke'n right now
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 i dont smoke but if that stuff was legal things would be much better. Sam was a legend and we never be forgotten. my best regards to his family, may he find peace on the trails of heaven.
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 yea just watched the documantary ... sucks because of someones decision not tell him the blackberry had been un used for 36 hrs hes dead ... RIP dude "rip in peace" Wink
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 great rider, sad how he died, its seems like anything to do with drugs has a tragic ending no one deserves to die that way R.I.P. Sammy
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 so sorry to hear about this, he really was a great guy, and the FR scene will greatly miss him but, actions have consequences
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 i new sam and he came to my town alot he wasent into drugs he had everything he needed he was draged into something he didnt know
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 RIP Sam, I'm just lost for words. I hope you find peace wherever you are now, and I hope your family can too.
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 I wonder what the resposes would be if a black crackhead wouldve been busted for drug traffic and proceeded to hang himself..
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 so sad. r.i.p ripper! thoughts and prayers for the family, what a tradgedy!
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 RIP Sam, you were a great rider back then i can't imagine today.. My condelences to his family and friends Drugs is one way only. There is no return..To bad..
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 How the hell does he know how to fly a helicopter, and why is he flying 350lbs of weed across the border?


Sounds like a bad movie plot. I'm flabbergasted.


There has to be so much more to this story.
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 Man my buddy was just telling me about his friend he went to school with and how he died flying pot in a stolen heli. He told me his name but I didn't put it together. What a shame, he had skills.
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 this is to DHP123..just cause he's run'n that much weed dose not make him a bad person.just someone who made a bad choice.dont jugde a person from there actions.you could be a church going man and yet be a bad person
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 this comes as a huge shock, both because of the loss of a great rider, but because i live so close to spokane. everything has gone too far with the war on drugs. they need to focus on whats really harmful.
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 thats brutal. I remember when nwd 3 had just come out...i watched his part over and over just to see him manual that skinny. R.I.P
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 Awesome story, but it is incredibly sad to see yet another casualty from the war on drugs.
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 forget about it....just give him and his Family the respect they deserve.
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 Sad to here, I remember watching him in nwd3 when i was 8, he was awesome Smile R.I.P. man!
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 For a little reading on Mr. Colin Martin here is a link:

www.cannabisculture.com/articles/1932.html
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 there must be so much more to the story he wouldnt do that over drugs or getting thrown in jail. so sad to hear and it happened so close to home. R.I.P. Sam
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 It's illogical to blame NON-ADDICTIVE drugs for this death (he didn't die from an overdose) This right here is THE AMERICAN DREAM at work: Capitalism in action. With prohibition follows the opportunity to make massive profits. People don't just give you 350lbs of marijuana and send you on your way, He obviously is very smart and been in it for years to earn that kind of trust. That is like equating a janitor being offered a CEO spot with no prior training. It does not happen.
You can't blame drugs for this tragedy, prohibition is the motivating factor. if it were legal he wouldn't have been doing it (it would just be a regular delivery job at that point).
also, I would doubt the charges that the helicopter was stolen. If you loaned your helicopter to make an international drug run and it resulted in an arrest you would say the helicopter was______.
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 i mean there is only his section from nwd nothing more,no pictures,nothing...hadnt he do anything after that??
i would really be interested in that...
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 wow that is Fd up he doesn't seem like the suicidal type from what i can tell he was a forest kid who couldn't handle living enclosed in a cell poor kid thats upsetting RIP
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 This article is a bit weird. What's with talking about the drugs n stuff? Hmm...
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 I mean what do they have to do with anything? They could easily just have not talked about them.
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 Did you even read the article properly?

I'm in two minds over this, one says "It sucks, he was an amazingly talented rider and the DEA should to go hell, legalize weed!" the other says "This sucks, he was an amazingly talented rider and got into something he shouldn't have been involved in and it cost him badly" I dunno.
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 They could just as easily have left any drugs without mention. They went into too much detail about the circumstances, which i think tarnishes his name. why not just say the community lost a great mountain biker, and leave it at that?
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 Rest in peace Bro! I think that in the sky should have some North Shores for ride!
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 most people don't even realise in what a sick, sad world we live in today. Storys like this happen every day. Visit www.zeitgeistthemovie.com, it will open your eyes!... It is just unbelieveable that there most be so many victims just for some few elitarian guys making profit of it. RIP Sam
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 So sad.
I wonder if the DEA feels like this is a victory in the "war".
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 colville national forest? tiny tiny tiny town.
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 does anybody know where to get late photos of him?something like myspace or stuff?
or riding pictures?or did he quit riding in last years??
thanks
basti
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 R.I.P My thoughts are with the family.
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 excellent documentary on this tragic tale was on last night on the fifth estate
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 something is messed up with whole deal and its costed someone their life, RIP Sam
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 WTF?! Rollong Stone is doing a 700 word article on him!
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 here's a link to a Rolling Stone article about Sam Brown:
pro-webpage.com/kathy/SamBrown.php
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 350 lbs of weed into the states, with a stolen helicopter, that's just a little sketchy.
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 Aug edition of the rolling stone has the story.....
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 i was just watchin nwd3 not long wondering what happen to that kid cause we never really seen him any other mountain biking videos
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 THis guy used to be a faller for my dads logging business. To bad it ended this way... RIP sam
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 god dam fukn drugs kids...
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 Very touching to see great riders like him passing away so young. Rest In Peace.
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 Sounds like entrapment gone very wrong! I hope our authorities follow up. Always sad to lose a great rider. R.I.P.
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 saw his nwd segment awesome rider R.I.P dude
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 WOW MAN!!!!! That is crazy, such a shame to loose such an awesome guy to drugs. RIP
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 i´m very sad to hear this.He was a great rider and pushed the sport. Very Very Sad..

RIP Sam
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 NWD 3 - 0:30:30h
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 sorry, just got furious...irritability. fkng DEA. RIP, Im so sorry for his family. God bless him and forgive him.
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 We all should met at the Jail house at the next DH Mar 28th and hold a candle light vigil- very tragic indeed.
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 One by one they fall.... R.I.P.
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 I miss ya buddy. Good times. Rest in Peace.
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 RIP Man, Your section in NWD3 will always be one of my favorites.
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 he inspired me in nwd3,i cant belive what is before my own eyes.my sincere condolances to the brown family.
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 watching him right know in the nwd on pb R.I.P
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 dam man thats so bad! R.I.P.
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 RIP Sam....thanks for helping make my town a rad place to ride
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 sucks but he knew the risks and rewards, I feel bad for his family
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 Unfrigginreal, like their aren't any people that are already "running bud" over the border that they can get. But they go and do this reverse sting thing so they can get an easy arrest. If this guy wasn't suspected of already being involved in something, and he was just contacted out of the blue, this is law enforcement at its lowest levels.

Not that this wasn't a stupid decision on his part, but come on, for a guy to lose his life over marijuana, what a joke. Nice going DEA, how about enforcing our countries drug laws on people that are life time criminals, and on ACTUAL drugs that pose a REAL threat to people.
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 RIP BRO MY GOD GOD TAKE YOU TO A BETTER PLACE
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 Like I said earlier, suicide is a mortal sin. The only place God will be taking him is to Hell.
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 When is our government going to grow some balls and start telling the USA that they can eat shit about their insane "war on drugs". We send weed south to them and they send hand guns north. Fair trade? No! Weed makes people giggle and do silly things...guns kill people. The right to own hand guns is as retarded as drugs (especially pot) being illegal. The DEA should pursue real criminals...besides if they just make it legal to grow your own, the real criminals would lose their lucrative business. Sam screwed up, but it is sad that the conditions that allowed such a screw up even exist.
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 too bad this had to happen i feel sad about it all R.I.P sam brown you will never be forgoten
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 R.I.P yet another great rider lost Frown
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 Ride on Brother.....R.I.P.
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 wow what a mission. Drug trafficking in a stolen helli. I remember the first time I saw him in NWD3, never thought this is how things would end for him. RIP man
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 shitty deal i met him once... R.I.P SAM
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 the disorder 3.was my first biker-movie i saw with sam!this video gave most of inspiration for me!
R.I.P. Sam!Frown
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 prohibition never works
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 R.I.P. i am very sorry to hear this, he must be shredding in THE DH heaven.
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 RIP man. SHRED heavens trails man....
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 Y do it Dude R.I.P
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 RIP sam ! He was a great rider
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 R.I.P. my thoughts go to his family.
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 thats unfortunate. R.I.P sam
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 he was a great rider, R.I.P
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 RIP Sam Brown So Sorry.
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 this is so tragic, my condelences to his family and friends iv seen pics of the wheel before and it is immence, im sure this guy was goin to be a great
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 this is the sad truth of dealing drugs. in the end its not worth it
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 Holy shit! That is sad! RIP
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 RIP sad to hear this
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 I totaly loved that seen when it came out such a bummer that he died, Im confused did he try to steal the drugs or just crashed the helicopter?
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 The DEA (drug enforcement association) set him up to cary weed over from Canada to Washington state. The DEA did not think he would fly over because of the poor weather but he ended up making the drop. He was using a stolen helicopter and had little flight time previous to the event. He was arrested by the police when he was unloading the drugs in America. When in jail he hung himself and died.
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 drug enforcement agency btw
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 R.I.P keep riding sam where ever u r
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 RIP.........and there goes a nother great rider too bad
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 hey R.I.P you well never be forgoten
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 it seems that us riders are going down one by one and are becoming a special bread now extremely sad story R.I.P
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 Messed up. Hope you're in a better place, riding forever.
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 God Speed Sam....god speed.
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 poor guy. its a shame how such a great guy can lose his life to drugs rip
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 R.I.P I remember watching the clips in NWD and them inspiring me...
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 Another rider went to heaven... Rest in Peace
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 RIP fucling drugs RIP
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 wow. Rest in peace!
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 Thank you Sam R.I.P.
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 Slightly surprising story...will be interesting to find out more. R.I.P
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 i would have to agree with you, its terrible seeing a guy that i looked up to as a kid when i first saw his segment in nwd3 turn into a drug dealer, it just seems like he had way to much potential then to do what he did here with in the end cost him his life. rest in peace sam, i dont look up to you in the same way anymore because of this drug thing but i must say your riding and construction skills were fantastic, you should have stuck with the biking if you did you would most likely still be alive for the rest of us and yourself to enjoy. but rest in peace you will be missed
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