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Rumsas arrested

Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas has been detained in Italy on a European international arrest warrant issued by French prosecutors investigating drug trafficking. His French lawyer, Alexandre Varaut, told AFP they would be appealing to a Florence court to get the 33-year-old Rumsas released. In 2002 Rumsas was involved in a scandal after his wife Edita was caught with large quantities of growth hormones and other drugs in her car after the Tour de France in which Rumsas had finished third. Rusmas had already left France but his wife was jailed for several months before being released and

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By Agence France Presse

Lithuanian rider Raimondas Rumsas has been detained in Italy on a European international arrest warrant issued by French prosecutors investigating drug trafficking.

His French lawyer, Alexandre Varaut, told AFP they would be appealing to a Florence court to get the 33-year-old Rumsas released.

In 2002 Rumsas was involved in a scandal after his wife Edita was caught with large quantities of growth hormones and other drugs in her car after the Tour de France in which Rumsas had finished third.

Rusmas had already left France but his wife was jailed for several months before being released and the French want to try Rumsas, his wife and Polish doctor Krzystof Ficek for smuggling performing-enhancing drugs into the country.

He faces a three-year jail term if convicted. Rumsas was banned for a year after testing positive for EPO during the 2003 Giro d’Italia.

He has been a professional since 1996.