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Italian international prop arrested on suspicion of drug dealing - reports

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An Italian international prop has been arrested in Italy on suspicion of drug dealing.


According to a report in Gazzetta Dello Sport Zebre prop Sami Panico was arrested following a raid on his home, Torvajanica, south of Rome.

Italian police confiscated 1.5kg of marijuana, 330 grams of hashish and 10,000 euros ($11,621) which was found in the player’s back garden.

He is charged with posessing drugs for the purpose of sale or supply.

Panico (25), who is of Ethiopian descent who plays for Calvisano and was attached to Zebre rugby. He represented Italy on 10 occasions, the last of which was in 2017.

He has no been involved with the Italy team apparently having an altercation with teammate Luhandre Luus.

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