Italy prop Panico arrested for alleged drug trafficking

Milan - Italy international Sami Panico has been arrested for alleged "possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking," according to Italian press reports on Sunday.

Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Italian police seized 1.5kg of marijuana, 330 grams of hashish and 10 000 cash stashed in the garden of the 25-year-old's house at Torvajanica, south of Rome.

Prop Panico, 25, plays for Italian club Zebre Rugby and has 10 caps for the Italian national side, the most recent against Scotland in March 2017 in the Six Nations.

According to the police, this sum of money discovered "comes from illegal activities", writes La Gazzetta.

Panico was placed under house arrest pending further proceedings.

The player is still under contract with Zebre Rugby, one of the two Italian franchises playing in PRO14, but he was dropped a year ago after breaking the jaw of one of his team-mates, in a training ground bust up.

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