Saturday 25 November 2017

Former rugby star facing jail for running Breaking Bad-style crystal meth factory

File photo of methamphetamine (Photo by Fachrul Reza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
File photo of methamphetamine (Photo by Fachrul Reza/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A court has heard how an ex-Italian rugby star was making thousands of pounds of crystal meth in his London home.

Lorenzo Bocchini, who played in the Heineken Cup for Italian side Viadana, was arrested eight months ago along with his brother and wife following a police operation.

According to the London Evening Standard, police recovered £300,000 worth of drugs, £33,000 in cash and a stun gun from his home in Little Venice.

The Crystal Meth had apparently been dyed blue, just like in the hit TV series Breaking Bad.

Speaking in court today, Det Constable Matt Clark, who led the investigation, said: “The Bocchini family were making significant profits selling highly dangerous and addictive class A drugs. What we uncovered was the wholesale supply of crystal methlyamphetamine and other drugs, focusing on the ‘chemsex’ scene in south London."

Bocchini played for Viadana against Munster in the Heineken Cup in 2002.

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