US authorities discover secret tunnel running from Mexico to an abandoned KFC


This might sound like a storyline from Breaking Bad but US authorities have discovered a tunnel that leads from Mexico to an abandoned KFC restaurant in Arizona.
In April, the Department of Homeland Security revealed that they had received information about the tunnel underneath the KFC which was located in San Luis, around 200 yards north of the Mexican border.
The building reportedly belongs to a man named Ivan Lopez who was arrested after several packages containing methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl were found in the back of his truck.  
This lead to the authorities searching the building and discovering the hidden tunnel, which is said to have been big enough for people to walk through.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Scott Brown, who is the special agent in charge of the case said that increased controls on the Mexican border are forcing drug smugglers to go to 'more costly routes into the US.'
Tunnels are a time-consuming venture but [their incidence] has definitely increased since the border security measures have ramped up.
One of the things that tunnelling does tell us, is that as we increase infrastructure, resources, patrol – that’s forcing them to go to more costly routes into the US.
Lopez, who the US government believe is a member of a cartel, is said to have brought the building back in April but it is unclear how long the tunnel has been there.
He is currently being held in federal detention without bond, as he is considered to be a flight risk.
In the last 28 years, over 200 tunnels running across the US/Mexico border have been discovered, despite them costing traffickers hundreds of thousands of dollars to construct.
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