Police in the southern port of Bari on Saturday seized Chinese-made weapons as well as ammunition hidden in a truck and arrested two Albanian drivers for smuggling firearms, police said.
The two men, identified as Xhevahir Qoku, 34, and Martin Dukagjini, 43, arrived with their vehicle on a ferry from the Albanian port of Durres.
Police got suspicious when the men claimed to be heading to France to take on a shipment of French meat, only a day after Italy banned most imports of French beef over mad cow disease fears.
Among the weapons, hidden in the back of the driver's cabin, police found six Kalashnikov machine guns and a pistol.
Police suspected that the illegal shipment across the Strait of Otranto which separates Italy from the Balkans -- was destined for members of organized crime in the Naples region -- BARI (AFP)
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