Denzel Washington film Equalizer 3 in drug bust drama as Italian police seize 120 grams of cocaine from catering staff


Italian paramilitary police raided hotel rooms used by employees of a catering company on The Equalizer 3 on the Amalfi coast, arresting two staff members and seizing more than 100 grams of cocaine.

Italian newspaper Il Giornale (via Variety) reported that the bust took place on Tuesday (November 1) with Carabinieri police entering hotel rooms in the seaside resort of Maiori used by catering staff members on Denzel Washington film The Equalizer 3.

The picture is currently being filmed in the area with production company Garbo Produzioni.

Investigations began after the head of the film’s catering service reportedly died of a sudden heart attack on Monday (October 31) evening.

Several small packages of cocaine were found in the man’s clothing, leading officials to believe there could be more drugs on the production’s premises, reported Variety.

During the search, police uncovered 120 grams of cocaine, according to the report.

Two members of the film’s catering crew have been placed under house arrest in the hotel on alleged drug dealing charges.

A third employee was found in possession of a small amount of cocaine and had their driver’s licence pulled.

Police also searched an area of Maiori’s port where production of the film has set up camp, Il Giornale reported.

Equalizer 3 will star Washington alongside Dakota Fanning, David Denman, Sonia Ammar, Gaia Scodellaro, and Bruno Bilotta.

Antoine Fuqua will be directing the Richard Wenk-written film, with the pair also working on the first two Equalizer films.

The film is currently set to be released on September 1, 2023.

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