Madrid, Jan 23, 2013 (AFP) – Spanish police arrested a former professional
cyclist and three others Wednesday when they broke up a gang producing illegal
drugs for doping in sport, officials said.
Officers raided a laboratory in Murcia, southeastern Spain, and seized
300,000 doses of doping products, a centrifuge for processing blood plasma and
other equipment, a national police statement said.
A police source who asked not be named told AFP separately that the former
professional cyclist mentioned in the statement was Jose Luis Martinez Jimenez
who was formerly a rider in Spanish teams such as Jazztel and Comunitat
He retired as a cyclist in 2006 and worked as a nutritional adviser to
other professional riders.
“Officers broke up a group suspected of producing illegal doping
substances, steroids and anabolic substances in order to distribute them”
after bringing the ingredients into Spain, the statement said.
They made two arrests in the Murcia region and one each in Alicante and
Elche in eastern Spain. The four were due to go before a judge and face
possible public health charges, the police source said.
The raids followed a nine-month investigation during which Spanish police
were tipped off by their Swedish counterparts that illegal substances had been
sent from Sweden from Murcia.
Monday sees the opening of a trial in Madrid in a major Spanish sports
doping scandal known as the Puerto affair. Among the six defendants is
Eufemiano Fuentes, 57, a doctor accused of being the head of a blood doping
racket uncovered in 2006.