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Federal drug agents launch surprise investigation of NFL teams

Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson, left, gets tackled by San Francisco 49ers tackle Isaac Sopoaga and end Bryant Young, right, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in San Francisco. © 2006 Marcio Jose Sanchez

By Carolyn Blackburne SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)— Federal drug agents launched a surprise investigation of NFL team doctors on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which include bag searches and questioning of team doctors by DEA agents, were based on the belief  that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field. If that is the case, that would mean NFL doctors are in in violation of the Controlled Substances Act a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said.

DEA worked with TSA to inspect teams belongings

DEA agents and Transportation Security Administration officials inspected multiple teams but would not specify which ones were inspected or where.

The San Francisco 49ers confirmed they were inspected by DEA agents following their game against the New York Giants but did not give any further details.

“The San Francisco 49ers organization was asked to participate in a random inspection with representatives from the DEA Sunday night at MetLife Stadium,” team spokesperson Bob Lange said in a statement.