Last week, we brought you reports about the demolition of a Miami mansion that once belonged to cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The owner, Christian de Berdouare, founder of fast food chain Chicken Kitchen, ordered the crib razed to the ground to give way to a new, bigger mansion. As reported, de Berdouare’s wife, journalist Jennifer Valoppi, hired treasure hunters to search for buried cash or hidden dead bodies.
According to reports, a floor safe was found previously by the couple, but it mysteriously disappeared after men came to work on the house. Now, after the mansion has been completely demolished, another safe has been found on the property. It is still unknown what is inside the safe, if anything. Regardless, as owners of the property, de Berbouare and Valoppi are reportedly entitled to the safe and its contents. They have taken measures to make sure nobody runs off with this one.
The mansion was originally purchased by Escobar in March 1980 for $762,500. For a little history on the property:
It is not clear whether the Colombian cocaine kingpin actually lived in the mansion or even visited it. However, it is believed to have been used as a hideout for El Padrino’s shooters and a stash house for tons of cocaine, according to former DEA agent Jim Shedd. The property was seized by US authorities in 1987, along with $20 million that Escobar had hidden in various places. Three years before Escobar’s death, Attorney Roger Schindler bought the house from the government, but it was left abandoned for years after a fire destroyed at least two rooms. In that time span, vandals broke windows in the house and tagged the walls with graffiti. Holes in the walls indicate that someone was in there looking for hidden treasure.