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Police seize drugs in Montalcino

Police investigating drug dealing in Tuscany have arrested several winery workers in Montalcino, after raiding properties in an operation named as 'Montalcino Express'. The town is best known for Italy’s Brunello di Montalcino wines but it's believed several kilos of illegal drugs including cocaine were smuggled into the area from Rome and Milan.

Of the eight people arrested, police described three as winery workers and a fourth as a winery administrator. However, there was no suggestion that the wineries themselves were directly involved in dealing drugs. No names were given.

It's not the first time police have had to make raids in the area. Last September, officers seized enough fake Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino wines to fill more than 200,000 bottles as part of an investigation into fraud.