Four amateur cyclists have been arrested and a further 24 search orders have been issued as a result of a NAS investigation into a drug ring in Umbria, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. The charges range from criminal association, false prescription and administration of banned substances. The riders are A.S, a 28 year-old Perugian, and S.P.T., a 35 year-old captain of a team, as well as Rimini cyclists A.A. (55) and F.S. (45). 1000 items were confiscated by police, reportedly worth €200,000, and pharmacies in Costano and Castiglione del Lago were searched.