Mansion owned by Pablo Escobar to be torn down

Posted at 5:37 AM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 05:37:57-05

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A vestige of the drug wars that made Miami notorious for violence and smuggling is set for demolition.

A pink waterfront mansion in Miami Beach owned in the 1980s by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar will be torn down Tuesday.

The U.S. government seized the property in 1987. It was acquired in 1990 by a private owner, and Chicken Kitchen owner Christian de Berdouare bought it in 2014.

De Berdouare 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.

U.S. authorities say it's unclear whether Escobar ever spent any time in Miami Beach, though his men likely used the property as a hideout.