Locked Safe Found in Pablo Escobar’s Miami Mansion, Weighs 700 Pounds

January 26, 2016 Updated: January 26, 2016
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—A locked safe has been found in the debris of a Miami Beach mansion once owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Demolition began last week on the waterfront property now owned by Chicken Kitchen founder Christian de Berdouare. On Monday, excavators found the metal safe as they knocked down the last walls.

Excavator operator Miguel Mato tells El Nuevo Herald that the 2-foot-by-2-foot safe weighs up to 700 pounds. Mato says he noticed it when the floor sank beneath some rubble.

De Berdouare and his wife say the safe will remain locked in a bank vault until they finish filming a documentary about Escobar’s link to the property.

U.S. authorities seized the property in 1987.

De Berdouare bought it from a private owner in 2014 for $9.65 million.

Christian De Berdouare sits on the newly discovered second safe found during demolition of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's former mansion, Monday Jan. 25, 2016 in Miami Beach, Fla.  De Berdouare and his wife say the safe will remain locked in a bank vault until they finish filming a documentary about Escobar's link to the property. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
Christian De Berdouare sits on the newly discovered second safe found during demolition of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s former mansion, Monday Jan. 25, 2016 in Miami Beach, Fla. De Berdouare and his wife say the safe will remain locked in a bank vault until they finish filming a documentary about Escobar’s link to the property. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

 

Christian de Berdouare, center, and wife Jennifer Valoppi, right, discuss their next move with their crew on where to store the locked safe found in the debris of the fomer mansion belonging to Pablo Escobar's in Miami Beach where they demolished the home in order to build a new one, Monday Jan. 25, 2016. De Berdouare and his wife say the safe will remain locked in a bank vault until they finish filming a documentary about Escobar's link to the property. (C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)  MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
(C.M. Guerrero/El Nuevo Herald via AP)

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