Drug smugglers’ tunnel ran 600 feet from Mexico to KFC in Arizona

Drug smugglers’ tunnel ran 600 feet from Mexico to KFC in Arizona
Image: U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Washington Examiner

[Ed. – A never-ending struggle]

An Arizona man who owned an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant one block from the U.S.-Mexico border is in custody after law enforcement discovered he had been trafficking drugs from a home in Mexico through a 600-foot-long underground tunnel to the kitchen of the fast food joint.

In the KFC’s kitchen was an eight-inch hole in the floor that then went 22 feet down to a wood beam-lined walkway that was five feet tall and three feet wide, according to photos U.S. Customs and Border Protection shared with the Washington Examiner on Friday.

Ivan Lopez, a resident of San Luis, was first arrested Aug. 13 on different charges that then led local police and federal agents to the KFC tunnel.

Lopez was pulled over by police that day while driving a pickup truck and towing a trailer. During the traffic stop, a K-9 police officer alerted officers to two toolboxes in the trailer.

Police found 370 pounds of hard narcotics, including seven pounds of fentanyl, enough for 3 million doses.

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