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Secret tunnel discovered under old KFC building in Arizona was used for smuggling drugs

Secret tunnel discovered under old KFC building in Arizona, used for drug smuggling (Photo: Homeland Security Investigations)

WASHINGTON (Circa) -- An old building that used to house a KFC restaurant in Arizona has a tunnel that stretches all the way to Mexico, according to Homeland Security Investigations.

The tunnel was discovered after police pulled over the former building owner Ivan Lopez. During the traffic stop, a canine unit led police to search through two toolboxes found in Lopez's vehicle.

The toolboxes contained 168 kilograms of hard narcotics including - 118 kilograms of methamphetamine, six grams of cocaine, three kilograms of fentanyl, 13 kilograms of white heroin and six kilograms of brown heroin, according to KYMA-TV.

Homeland Security Investigations says the fentanyl that was discovered was equivalent to three million dosage units.

Lopez was seen removing the toolboxes from the building earlier in the day.

The tunnel, which went from Arizona to Sonora, Mexico, was 22 feet deep and 590 feet long. A trap door was discovered underneath a bed in Mexico where authorities say the narcotics were pulled up using a rope.

Star-Telegram reports Lopez has been convicted of drunk driving and money laundering in the past and was originally being pulled over for an "equipment violation." The street value for the drugs discovered was reportedly $1,165,800.

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