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Italian police raid hotel of Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson; drugs seized

FILE - In this June 10, 2010, file photo, Jamaica's Asafa Powell runs to win the men's 100 meter event during the IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala athletics meeting at Rome's Olympic stadium. Former 100-meter world-record holder Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson have each tested positive for banned stimulants, according to their agent. Paul Doyle told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 14, 2013, that they tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships and were just recently notified. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
July 15, 2013 - 6:47 AM

ROME - Italian police have raided the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are staying after each tested positive for banned stimulants.

Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia tells The Associated Press that rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched and that drugs were confiscated.

Pisapia said it was unclear if the drugs were legal or illicit and that the substances were being analyzed.

Powell and Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month, their agent announced Sunday.

Pisapia said that no arrests were made in the raid early Monday morning at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy, and that nobody has been placed under investigation.

Jamaican athletes have trained in Lignano for years.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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