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Safe Discovered at Demolition of Pablo Escobar's Mansion

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    A construction crew found a small, pink safe at the former home of drug lord Pablo Escobar in Miami Beach. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola has the details. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016)

    Another safe has been found at the former Miami Beach home of drug lord Pablo Escobar.

    But this one was kept under guard and unopened until it left the site on Monday. An earlier safe spotted by a handyman was stolen just before demolition began this month.  

    Escobar's pink home is now in pieces. Demolition ended Monday with a final surprise when crews tore down the last wall.

    "As I pulled down the wall, the wall actually fell and broke through the floor," explained construction crew member Miguel Mato. "There was like a chamber, and the safe was in there." 

    The safe is small, but whether it belonged to Escobar is unclear. What may be inside could have big value. Escobar ran the Medellin Cartel, which was responsible for much of the cocaine brought into the United States in the 1980s and 90s.

    "I saw it and I told the owner, 'Look, there's a safe there.' He's like, 'No way.' I'm like, 'Yeah, man. There's a safe there.' He's like, 'Pull it out. Pull it out,'" Mato said.

    This is at least the second safe found in the notorious mansion. A week before demolition started, a handyman discovered thieves stole a 10-inch round metal safe that was hidden under a staircase in the home.

    Monday's find was under guard. The owners and construction crew are eager to unlock and open the mystery.

    "It feels good, you know," Mato said. "We actually did this job hoping we would find something."

    It's possible the safe does not belong to Escobar, because there was another homeowner after him.