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Cops Won’t Raid Olympic Village

December 4, 1998

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ New South Wales state police say they have no intention of raiding the Olympic Village for athletes suspected of using performance enhancing drugs at the 2000 games.

Police issued a statement Friday denying newspaper reports that the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) had discussed searches on the athletes’ village with police.

``The NSW police service wishes to make clear that it has had no discussions with the Australian Olympic Committee regarding drug searches in the Athletes Village during the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games,″ the statement said.

Lesley Honeyman, the deputy director of intelligence at the Olympic Security Command Center, said raids on the Olympic Village and other 2000 Games venues for personal-use amounts of drugs would breach police protocol.

``The policy is that use of a performance enhancing drug is not a law enforcement priority,″ Honeyman said.

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