Safe found in debris of mansion once owned by Pablo Escobar

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Pablo Escobar's Miami Mansion to Be Demolished

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — 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.

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A bulldozer demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare bought the home in 2014 with his wife Jennifer Valoppi. They intend to raze the home to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare talks with the news media outside of the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. The couple bought the property in 2014, and they intend to raze it to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A bulldozer begins demolition of the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare bought the home in 2014 with his wife Jennifer Valoppi. They intend to raze the home to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A bulldozer demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare bought the home in 2014 with his wife Jennifer Valoppi. They intend to raze the home to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A bulldozer demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare bought the home in 2014 with his wife Jennifer Valoppi. They intend to raze the home to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare, left, and his wife Jennifer Valoppi, right, talk with the media outside of the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. The couple, who purchased the property in 2014, want to build a more modern home on the site. Before demolishing the fire-damaged mansion that sat abandoned for years, de Berdouare hired professional treasure hunters to comb through the structure for traces from Escobar's days. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A bulldozer demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. A documentary film team that has been searching the property say they have made a significant discovery underneath the home. Chicken Kitchen restaurant owner Christian de Berdouare bought the home in 2014 with his wife Jennifer Valoppi. They intend to raze the home to make room for a new multi-million dollar mansion. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
An excavator demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare, who purchased the property in 2014, wants to build a more modern home on the site. Before demolishing the fire-damaged mansion that sat abandoned for years, de Berdouare hired professional treasure hunters to comb through the structure for traces from Escobar's days. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
An excavator demolishes the waterfront mansion formerly owned by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare, who purchased the property in 2014, wants to build a more modern home on the site. Before demolishing the fire-damaged mansion that sat abandoned for years, de Berdouare hired professional treasure hunters to comb through the structure for traces from Escobar's days. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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