ITALIAN POLICE INTERCEPT COCAINE IN COFFEE BEANS, THANKS TO MOVIE REFERENCES
So Italian police made a pretty nice drug haul, thanks to some pulp knowledgeable officers. They found a shipment of coffee beans with cocaine in them. Pretty clever, really. But this takes me back to Beverly Hills Cop. The first one, of course. As that was the first time I heard that coffee was often a scent insulator for drug shipments. Evidently, the smell of coffee masks the smell of drugs and throws off the dogs. But that didn’t work here, even though no K-9 specialists were involved. All it took were some officers who knew their movie references.
CUSTOMS AGENTS GOT SUSPICIOUS WHEN THEY SAW THE NAME, SANTINO D’ANTONI
So this drug bust actually references a totally different movie, John Wick. The coffee beans were packaged properly, and seemingly were innocuous. But when they arrived at the Malpensa Airport in Milan from Columbia, customs officers noticed something a little strange. The person on the address label had the name, Santino D’Antonio. If you’re a John Wick fan, you already know what happened. That’s the character name of a mob boss in the movie. Now, that’s Italian. But not real. And when the customs officers saw that name, they decided to investigate further. At first, they just found coffee beans.
ADDRESSED TO A FICTIONAL MOB BOSS, PACKAGE PROVED TO CONTAIN COFFEE BEANS WITH EXTRA COCAINE KICK
But these coffee beans were totally hollow, at least of their normal coffee innards. Instead, they were full of cocaine. 130 grams, in fact. If your math is rusty, that’s just over a tenth of a kilogram. A few packages of coffee beans like that would add up real fast. So police tracked the package to Firenze, or Florence to the uninitiated. It went to a tobacco shop there. But when a 50-year-old man came to pick it up, police promptly arrested him for the cocaine in the coffee beans delivery. And yes, as is so often the case, the man had a drug record already. Maybe don’t choose a name police can recognize?