A team armed with picks and metal detectors that were searching the former Miami Beach mansion of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar found a locked safe this Monday weighing some 600 pounds (270 kilos), media outlets reported.
The safe was discovered under the foundation of the Miami Beach house once owned by Escobar, who was gunned down in a 1993 shootout in Colombia, and will now be stored in a bank until the proprietors decide to open it to see what it has inside, El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-speaking sister publication of The Miami Herald, said.
As yet unknown is whether the safe is full or empty.
The current owners of the mansion, Christian de Berdouare, founder and general manager of Chicken Kitchen restaurants, and his wife, journalist Jennifer Valoppi, are hunting for a fortune in money or drugs that the kingpin of the Medellin cartel could have hidden in his Miami lair.
Berdouare and his wife suspect that he could have stashed a fortune in the house he bought in 2014 for $10 million, a dwelling confiscated by U.S. authorities in the late 1980s, auctioned off and later abandoned by its next owner.
Escobar is known to have hidden money in all his mansions.
The house stands on an estate of almost 700 sq. meters (7,500 sq. feet), but its smashed pink walls and abandoned swimming pool do little to reflect the drug lord's life of luxury.
Nonetheless, the new owners said they're not concerned about any treasure they might find, since for now they just want to see the house torn down, and for good reason.
As Berdouare told the Miami Herald, "We're demolishing the house of the devil. Pablo Escobar was one of the biggest murderers and criminals in the world."
But given the expectations the mansion raised, Berdouare and his wife hired a team to break open the walls and floors in case there were any secret compartments full of money, gold or jewelry.
Once the work of the treasure hunters ends this week, the work of demolishing the house will begin.