A drug trafficker tried to escape a Brazillian prison by dressing up as his 19-year-old daughter. The plan failed horribly.
Here’s what we know
Forty-two-year-old Clauvino da Silva, nicknamed “Shorty,” had been convicted of drug trafficking by Brazillian authorities and sentenced to 73 years and 10 months behind bars. Before his arrest, he was one of the top people in Red Command, a large drug-trafficking outfit in Rio de Janeiro.
He was being held in the Bangu 3 prison in Rio de Janeiro.
But da Silva decided that he needed his freedom and that the best way to do that was to switch places with his daughter. When she came to visit him one day, he dressed in a bra, pink Disney T-shirt, a silicone mask, and a wig and tried to slip past the guards. According to the BBC, the disguise may have been smuggled in earlier by a pregnant woman.
But this ruse failed to fool anyone, and his nervousness didn’t help either.
After the guards caught him, they reportedly made him pose for pictures in his get-up.
In a video posted on Twitter by Brazilian federal deputy Rogério “Peninha” Mendonça, da Silva can be seen standing in his disguise, before removing it. Someone from offscreen prompts him, and he identifies himself begrudgingly as “Clauvino da Silva.”
This wasn’t his first attempt
The BBC reported that in 2013 da Silva and 31 other prisoners tried to escape from another prison through the sewers, Shawshank Redemption style. But unlike Andy Dufresne, da Silva failed to escape that time too.
Further attempts to abscond will be even more difficult since he’s being transferred to a maximum-security prison.