Border Patrol: Drug smuggling tunnel ran from home in Mexico to former KFC restaurant building in Arizona

In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 photo, U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik, front left, talks during during a news conference at Yuma Sector U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Yuma, Ariz., about the recent discovery of a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle drugs in San Luis, Ariz. Federal authorities said in court documents that the tunnel was very well-built and would have taken a drug cartel a long time, and a lot of money, to dig. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) 08/23 — Federal authorities have discovered a sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnel that went from a home in Mexico to an abandoned fast-food restaurant in Arizona.

A division of the Department of Homeland Security said it got word in April that there was a tunnel leading to an old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that’s not in operation in San Luis, Arizona, about 200 yards north of the border.

Agents arrested a man who owns the abandoned building and is accused of using it to traffic drugs.

Suspect Ivan Lopez is being held in federal detention without bond because he is considered a flight risk.

His attorney, Paul A. Ramos, has not responded to a request for comment.

https://www.apnews.com/18f50bbfe3424cb88d785341102636ca/Agency:-Tunnel-under-old-restaurant-used-to-smuggle-drugs

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