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In the News: Mexican U23 rider caught with EPO, HGH

José Alfredo Aguirre claims he did not realize his team director had given him drugs to transport to Spain in April 2014

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José Alfredo Aguirre, a rider on the Spanish Mutua Levante team, was caught with EPO and HGH at the Alicante airport in Spain, Spanish website AS reported Tuesday. The incident occurred in April, and the UCI notified the Mexican federation at the end of October.

Aguirre has not been sanctioned yet, but the investigation is underway.

The 20-year-old rider claimed that he did not know he was carrying the drugs.

According to Aguirre, his team director had given them to him in a bag to bring to Spain in his suitcase. Both EPO and HGH can be legally purchased in Mexico without a prescription.

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