Colombian espresso? Smugglers sent cocaine-filled coffee beans to Italy

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2020

Many Italians might enjoy a strong cup of coffee, but authorities in the country say they recently found some Colombian beans with a little too much kick to them.

The coked-up beans were shipped from Medellin in Colombia to Milan's Malpensa airport, and all in all ... the 2kg package contained 150g of cocaine powder via about 500 beans.

While the attempt to sneak cocaine as coffee across borders is, no doubt, a creative concept, the name on the package should have been more carefully thought out as that's what gave the smugglers away.

The beans were addressed to Santino D'Antonio, the fictional Italian mob boss in the second John Wick film, Euro News reports.

It had been addressed to a tobacco store in Florence - authorities followed the bundle because it was arrested and delivered a 50-year-old guy that came to gather it.

The Italian police reported nicknamed the operation "Caffè Scorretto", meaning incorrect coffee, which is a play on the name of the popular Italian drink caffè corretto - corrected coffee - which is an espresso with a splash of sambuca. A Berlin coffee roaster found 33 kilograms of cocaine inside a bag of beans in 2014, which police said came from Brazil.

Authorities in Italy have intercepted a package containing countless java beans that were concealing illegal drugs within them.

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