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Two members of The Equalizer 3 catering staff arrested after authorities seize 120 grams of cocaine after head caterer has fatal heart attack

  • Deceased man had bags of cocaine on his person, raising suspicions 
  • Two are in custody under house arrest after raid on hotel rooms  
  • Antoine Fuqua-directed film features Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning 
  • The film is slated to hit theaters September 1, 2023 

Authorities with the paramilitary police in Italy seized 120 grams of cocaine from hotel rooms used by the catering staff of The Equalizer 3 after the film’s head caterer suffered a fatal heart attack.

Two caterers were arrested by Carabinieri cops in connection with the drug bust at the hotel on the Amalfi Coast at the Maiori resort, the Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported, according to Variety.  

According to reports, after the head caterer’s heart attack Monday, officials retrieved a number of small packages of cocaine from his clothing, leading authorities to raid various areas of the production.

The latest: Authorities in Italy seized 120 grams of cocaine from hotel rooms used by the catering staff of The Equalizer 3, which stars Denzel Washington, after the film's head caterer suffered a fatal heart attack. Washington was pictured last month in Amalfi, Italy

The latest: Authorities in Italy seized 120 grams of cocaine from hotel rooms used by the catering staff of The Equalizer 3, which stars Denzel Washington, after the film’s head caterer suffered a fatal heart attack. Washington was pictured last month in Amalfi, Italy

Two caterers were held under house arrest at the resort in connection with charges of drug dealing.

A third caterer’s drivers license was confiscated after he was found with a small amount of cocaine in his possession, according to the report.

Authorities also enacted a search on a port area in Maiori where production of the motion picture was ongoing, according to the newspaper.

The motion picture, which is being produced by Sony Pictures and the Italian company Eagle Pictures, is in its fourth week of filming in the area.

The motion picture, which is being produced by Sony Pictures and the Italian company Eagle Pictures, is in its fourth week of filming in the area off the Amalfi Coast

The motion picture, which is being produced by Sony Pictures and the Italian company Eagle Pictures, is in its fourth week of filming in the area off the Amalfi Coast 

Director Antoine Fuqua was pictured with Washington at a photocall October 19

Director Antoine Fuqua was pictured with Washington at a photocall October 19

Washington posed in between costars Gaia Scodellaro and Dakota Fanning

Washington posed in between costars Gaia Scodellaro and Dakota Fanning

The movie’s physical production service was being handled through Garbo Produzioni, and received multiple production incentives to set up shop there, according to the paper.

The Antoine Fuqua-directed film features Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning (reuniting from their 2004 film Man on Fire) as well as David Denman, Sonia Ammar, Gaia Scodellaro and Bruno Bilotta.

Washington and Fuqua are also producers on the film, which is slated to hit theaters September 1, 2023. 

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