Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Drug tunnel to Mexico found below vacant Arizona KFC restaurant

Drug tunnel to Mexico found below vacant Arizona KFC restaurant

Police searched the driver's home and found the drug smuggling tunnel in his bedroom.

U.S. authorities have discovered a secret drug tunnel that runs from a home in Mexico to an abandoned KFC restaurant in Arizona.

Back in 2016 authorities discovered a tunnel running between Otau Mesa, in California, and Tijuana, Mexico, that was almost half-mile long. According to Homeland Security Special Agent Scott Brown, who spoke to KYMA on Wednesday about the bust, the fentanyl alone "translates to over 3 million dosage units".

It remains under investigation.

It all began August 13, when police in the border city of San Luis, Arizona, say they saw the owner of a now-abandoned business bringing several plastic containers outside and loading them onto a trailer, according to court documents obtained by CNN affiliate KGUN.

A tunnel used to smuggle drugs has been discovered beneath an abandoned branch of KFC in Arizona. Authorities believe the drugs were lifted up by rope, and the tunnel ended at a house in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico.

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Back in April the investigations division of the Department of Homeland Security revealed it got wind of a tunnel underneath the fast-food outlet in San Luis - which is about 200 yards north of the Mexican border. Another tunnel was found in a Tijuana home, RT reports.

At the Mexican side, the tunnel exited through a trap door underneath a bed.

The passageway, which measured approximately 600 feet in length, was uncovered in the basement of the old quick-service establishment following a traffic stop in which its owner was found with large quantities of hard drugs.

A search of Lopez's property, including the vacant building where the KFC was previously located, exposed the cross border tunnel.

Brown said his agency has been seeing an increase in tunnels, which are expensive to build and take long periods of time.

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