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Siena Palio horse racer arrested in cocaine probe

Police investigate drug trafficking ring in Tuscany, Campania

14 January, 11:57
Siena Palio horse racer arrested in cocaine probe (ANSA) - Siena, January 14 - A jockey who participated in the Tuscan city of Siena's iconic Palio horse race was among 14 people arrested in a cocaine trafficking ring, police said Tuesday.

The investigation into drug trafficking between Tuscany and the southern region of Campania also includes allegation of extortion and threats against buyers who were slow to pay their debts to the criminal organization, police said.

Among the 14 arrested, nine are being held in jail while the other five are under house arrest as police continue their year-long probe of the ring that stretched from Naples to the Tuscan cities of Siena, Arezzo and Florence.