TMZ said that Italian police arrested a suspect after finding hundreds of coffee beans loaded with cocaine and wrapped with dark brown tape.
A allusion to the second film in the three-part trilogy alerted investigators, preventing the thieves from getting away with their dangerous plan.
The cargo was named Santino D’Antonio, the primary villain in "John Wick: Chapter 2."
Riccardo Scamarcio portrayed the Italian mob leader who forces Keanu Reeves' Wick to kill his sister. According to IndieWire, the movie's $2 million Italian box office success made it a bad idea to mention it.
Medellin, Colombia, sent the cocaine-filled beans to Milan's Malpensa airport. Florence police arrested a 50-year-old man who picked up the item from a cigarette store. The 2 kilogram shipment included 150 grams of cocaine powder over 500 beans, according to TMZ.
"Caffe' Scorretto"—"Improper Coffee"—was the police's code name. Cafe' Corretto is a popular Italian drink.
John Wick: Chapter 2 premiered in 2017 after its surprise popularity. In 2019, "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" was released, and a fourth chapter was scheduled for 2022.
With the coronavirus epidemic halting major film projects and Reeves having signed on for a fourth "Matrix" picture, it's unclear when John Wick will return.