Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol held a press conference Wednesday morning disclosing they discovered $1 million in drugs during a traffic stop which led them to a 600-foot drug tunnel that runs between a former KFC restaurant and a private home in Mexico.
Officers pulled a man over, identified in court documents as Jesus Ivan Lopez Garcia, for an unspecified equipment violation. During the traffic stop, a narcotics dog alerted them to the presence of drugs in the two containers.
Inside the containers, authorities found 239 packages of various drugs, including over 261 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of cocaine, 30 pounds of white heroin, 13.7 pounds of brown heroin and 6.8 pounds of fentanyl.
Homeland Security Special Agent Scott Brown said that the fentanyl alone “translates to over 3 million dosage units.”
Jesus Ivan Lopez Garcia and is facing federal charges including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.
According to court documents, Lopez Garcia had purchased the former Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in April of this year for $390,000.
The criminal complaint filed says “the structure was vacant in recent years and was not used for business.”
Homeland Security Investigations officials report that the tunnel ran 22 feet deep and traveled nearly 600 feet underground to a house across the border in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, where it ended in a trap door underneath a bed.
A drug tunnel between Arizona and Mexico was discovered under an abandoned KFC pic.twitter.com/aaiOBJAcfq— CNN (@CNN) August 24, 2018
Image via: US Customs and border control