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Saturday, August 22, 2020


GUEST BLOG / By CNN—Italian Investigators found 130 grams of cocaine in a two kilogram shipment of coffee beans that arrived at Milan's Malpensa Airport from Colombia, according to a statement from the Guardia di Finanza financial police.

Customs officers decided to check the package after noticing that its intended recipient shared the name of a fictional character: Santino D'Antonio, a Mafia boss in one of the John Wick films.

Once they opened the parcel they found more than 500 coffee beans that had been hollowed out, filled with cocaine and resealed using dark brown tape, the statement said.

Police tracked the package to Florence, and arrested a 50-year-old Italian man when he came to try and collect it from a tobacconist's shop in the city.

The man was registered as living in the Colombian city of Medellin, according to the statement. He was already known to police and had previously been arrested on drugs charges.


WEEKLY COFFEE QUIZ--Where in the world is this coffee establishment?  Answer next week in Coffee Beans & Beings post.
LAST WEEK’S COFFEE QUIZ ANSWER. Baso Patissier (above) is a flavorful coffee house and delicious neighborhood bakery in Kigali, Rwanda.  It is near the HQ of RWACOF Exports, a major link in the supply chain from farmer to marketplace.  Rwanda’s volcanic soil produces top coffees.

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