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Thursday, January 27, 2005

FBI raids BALCO chief's home

Lance Williams, Mark Fainaru-Wada, Chronicle Staff Writers

FBI agents raided the San Mateo home of suspected steroid dealer Victor Conte Wednesday as part of a federal probe into how The Chronicle had obtained federal grand jury testimony for stories about the BALCO sports- doping scandal, informed sources said.

The sources, who asked not to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the investigation, said more than a dozen agents arrived before 8 a.m. at the home of Conte, who is BALCO's founder and suspected mastermind of an international steroid conspiracy.

Agents seized Conte's computer and other items, sources said.

The raid was prompted by Chronicle stories last month that reported on the 2003 grand jury testimony of San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds and New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi in the BALCO case, the sources said.


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