Brazilian gang leader tries to escape prison dressed as his daughter

Brazil Foiled Jail Escape

They said the 19-year-old had come to visit her father, Clauvino da Silva, at the jail in Rio de Janeiro known as Bangu 3, where he was serving a sentence of 73 years and 10 months.

Officials at the Rio de Janeiro prison said da Silva's nervousness gave him away.

The plan had allegedly been for Clauvino da Silva to leave his 19-year-old daughter, who had been visiting him, behind in the prison while he walked out the penitentiary's main door in her place, CBS News reports. According to Buzzfeed, this isn't the first time the gang leader - who is now serving a 73-year sentence for drug trafficking - has tried to escape prison, previously attempting to break out via a sewer.

In a video released by prison authorities, he is seen wearing an eerie plastic mask, a long black wig, glasses and women's clothes, including a bra. The cops are also investigating his daughter if she had anything to do with the escape or it was planned by Clauvino da Silva himself. Now law enforcement authorities are figuring out how the daughter of the drug lord helped him.

According to the BBC, da Silva is now serving a sentence of almost 74 years for drug smuggling. In 2013, he and 30 other inmates fled a prison through the sewers, but da Silva was later caught, the BBC reported.

It was not his first attempted escape.

Experts estimate hundreds of prisoners are killed in Brazilian prisons every year, mostly in confrontations between rival gangs battling for control of one of the world's most important cocaine markets and trafficking routes.



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