Secret Drug Smuggling Tunnel Discovered Under Former KFC

Arturo Kim
August 26, 2018

A tunnel from Mexico almost 600 feet long and 22 feet wide used for smuggling high-powered drugs through a former Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet has been discovered in San Luis, Arizona.

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.

Investigators say the containers held 118kg of methamphetamine, six grams of cocaine, 3kg of fentanyl and 21kg of heroin. The fentanyl alone was enough for 3 million doses, according to KYMA.

The tunnel entrance was found inside a former KFC in an Arizona border city.

Video of the tunnel showed it was 22 feet deep and 590 feet long with wooden planks lining the wall.

The cross-border tunnel, which is only eight inches in diameter, was found in the kitchen.

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Agents executed a search warrant at Lopez's house and restaurant in San Luis, where they found Lopez had turned the establishment into an alleged drug smuggling operation.

The tunnel is lined with 2-by-4s, along with thinner planks of wood that resemble fence posts, for nearly the entirety of its 590-foot span, the video shows. According to CBS News, the Mexican side of the tunnel exited through a trap door underneath a bed. This is the fifth cross-border tunnel discovered in Yuma County, Arizona, since 2007.

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

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that a drug trafficking tunnel has been constructed into the United States.

The 800-yard tunnel route began at a house in Tijuana, Mexico, and ended in the Otay Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. Brown said Lopez was spotted prior to his arrest removing toolboxes from the old restaurant.

The tunnel will be sealed and filled with cement once investigations are wrapped up.

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