By: Lexy | 08-23-2018 | News
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Arizona-Mexico Tunnel Under Old KFC Used For Drug Smuggling

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

“Hundreds of cross-border tunnels originating in Mexico have been discovered since 1990.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hundreds of cross-border tunnels originating in Mexico have been discovered since 1990. Find out more about them: <a href="https://t.co/VIb0r7WgE7">https://t.co/VIb0r7WgE7</a> <a href="https://t.co/nVQzmhRKIs">pic.twitter.com/nVQzmhRKIs</a></p>&mdash; AP West Region (@APWestRegion) <a href="https://twitter.com/APWestRegion/status/839967179281879044?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Homeland Security investigators announced on Wednesday that the tunnel was found last week after the San Luis Police Department pulled over Ivan Lopez, the owner of the former KFC outlet.

A canine unit alerted officers to two toolboxes in Lopez’s truck, which contained a huge range of drugs.

Scott Brown, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent, stated, "[He had] over 118 kilograms of methamphetamine, over six kilograms of cocaine, over three kilograms of fentanyl, over 13 kilograms of white heroin and over six kilograms of brown heroin. Just the three kilograms of fentanyl translates to over 3 million dosage units." Brown said that earlier in the day before Lopez was pulled over, he had removed toolboxes from the old KFC.

The tunnel traveled from a home in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, to the former KFC outlet.

The tunnel opening was a mere eight inches in diameter.

According to CBS News, the Mexican side of the tunnel exited through a trap door beneath a bed.

After discovering the drugs in Lopez’s truck, law enforcement searched the KFC building.

There, they discovered the tunnel. Authorities said the drug smugglers used a rope to pull the drugs up from the tunnel.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Federal officials say officers discovered a suspected drug tunnel at the site of a former Kentucky Fried Chicken in Arizona, near the Mexican border. <br><br>The tunnel was 22 feet deep, authorities say, and extended about 600 feet into Mexico. <a href="https://t.co/SE6feibcV4">https://t.co/SE6feibcV4</a> <a href="https://t.co/t7l1vcBfCr">pic.twitter.com/t7l1vcBfCr</a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1032587884367364096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Drug cartels reuse tunnels left unfilled by Mexico {Video}

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We must start imposing a stiff punishment on drug dealers. We need to make an example of the cartels. If an American was caught taking drugs across the border of any Country there would be serious consequences. If we didn’t close our eyes to these crimes, criminals may think twice about committing them.

Related Sources:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/34930/huge-cross-border-drug-tunnel-mexico-found-former-hank-berrien

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