Italy prop Panico arrested for alleged drug trafficking

Sami Panico has played 10 games for Italy’s national rugby team. (AFP pic)

MILAN: Italy international rugby player 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 1.5 kilogrammes of marijuana, 330 grams of hashish, and 10,000 euros (RM48,000) cash stashed in the garden of the 25-year-old’s house at Torvaianica, south of Rome.

Prop Panico, 25, plays for Italian club Zebre 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 , one of the two Italian franchises playing in Pro 14, but he was dropped a year ago after breaking the jaw of one of his teammates in a training ground bust-up.