LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. authorities are asking European officials for help gathering evidence against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in a case related to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

People familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press that the request for evidence made to French officials mentions Armstrong by name and specifically targets him and other members of his former U.S. Postal team.

A grand jury has been meeting in Los Angeles to determine whether Armstrong should face criminal charges.

Thom Mrozek, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles, declined comment. Mark Fabiani, counsel for Armstrong, criticized investigators for leaking information and said the probe is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. Armstrong has always denied doping.

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Comments (8)
  1. Jethrie Smith says:

    Oh yes, more money well spent. You’re going after whom?…For what?…Really? Is there not anyone more dangerous out there to track hunt and kill?

    1. Daniel Cooper says:

      Los Angeles Superior Court Judges are excpting bribes. California judges are employee’s of the State not the County. The County is currently giving them $57,688.00 per yr per judge in addition to the pay and benefits they receive from the State. After being exposed for the bribes (Sturgeon v Los Angeles County) the judges paid a lobbyist to pass SBX211 granting them retro active imunity from prosecution. SBX211 does not address the loss of due proccess.

      (see) How To Disqualify Your Judge

      Once again there is a grand jury investigation of possible doping of an athelet and nothing regaurding the rempant corrption that is destroying our country. Why wont the main sream media report on Senate bill SBX211 ?????

  2. memememe says:

    What if he didn’t use any drugs? I hope this isn’t costing taxpayers any money.

  3. Christina Wedzik says:

    Is Lance Armstrong using drugs really a reason for th Feds to ask for money? No it’s not, find bettermthings to with with federal funds.

  4. Lucy says:

    Leave the Man alone, he had cancer and probably needs “Performance- Enhancing Drugs”. Perhaps he was afraid to get them at Walgreens so he would not end up in National Enquirer. No wonder we are all broke from taxes 😦

  5. ginny says:

    Oh for God sakes, the French officials and the Pro-Tour have looked into this inside and out, over and overagain,and have continually found no evidnce of any enhancement drugs. Blood and urine tests taken before, during and after events has come up zero. So now our government has decided to harrass the guy again. Seems to me that Mr. Armstrong should have some valid grounds to file suit to stop these witch hunts.

  6. Gondolfo Zarzana says:

    Give it up, leave Lance Alone. He has done more for cycling, and cancer research than many others. He has denied using drugs, and is the most tested athlete in history, and never a positive. Give him a break, enforce “real” crimes and corruption. I am a cyclist, I am 72 yrs of age, and Lance has brought me the excitement of professional cycling, and encouraged me to continue with the sport even at my old age. Yeah I take”Performance Enhancing Drugs” to perform i.e. Coumadin, Lipitor, Medtronic and stool samplers. Is the Grand Jury going to indict me?

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