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An American man detained after private planes landed in Sicily with guns and drugs

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An American man has been detained after arriving in Sicily on a private plane from Florida armed with drugs, Italian media reports say.

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Patrick Joseph Horan, 64, told police he was visiting relatives on an Italian island when he arrived on Friday, according to Ansa news agency.

But the check carried out on the plane was said to have revealed guns, bows and arrows and 1 kg (35oz) marijuana.

The items were reportedly seized and Mr Horan was taken for questioning.

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The private jet was sought by police and customs officials shortly after arriving at Sicily’s Trapani Birgi airport.

They said weapons – including two pistols, rifles and ammunition – had been placed in a box while the drugs were packed in plastic bags and water bottles, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.

Mr Horan, who is said to be a wealthy business partner near the western city of the island of Santa Ninfa, told police he needed medical treatment in the Sicilian capital Palermo.

The American national has been detained at Pietro Cerulli Prison in Trapani while police are investigating.

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