Scottish lorry driver held after £16m of heroin seized in Italy

  • 27 November 2012
  • From the section Scotland
Media captionGuardia di Finanza officers searched the lorry when it arrived at the port of Bari

A Scottish lorry driver has been arrested after an estimated £16m worth of heroin was seized at a ferry port in southern Italy.

An articulated lorry was stopped by police on Monday as it arrived at the Adriatic port of Bari, from Greece.

Officers found 41kg of "high purity" drugs packed between boxes of breadsticks, bound for Lancashire.

Two drivers, aged 32 and 42, were remanded in custody and the lorry was seized.

The discovery was made during a routine check by customs officers and members of the Guardia di Finanza.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the arrest of two British nationals on Monday, 26 November in Bari, Italy."

A Guardia di Finanza spokesman said a Scotsman and an Irishman had been arrested in the operation.

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