A law enforcement agent in the Florencia Varela prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina, climbs into an escape tunnel recently constructed by seven prisoners. The prisoners did not know that the passage led to a prison yard where a K-9 unit was housed.

The escape plan goes horribly wrong for prisoners who spent two days on their way out to get to the KENNELS watchdog alone

  • The prisoners at the Florencia Varela prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina, spent two days digging a tunnel to escape
  • The tunnel stretched six feet in a garden and had a depth of five feet
  • The prisoners did not know that the secret passage led to a courtyard where the K-9 unit of the detention facility was housed
  • But correction officers discovered the tunnel before the criminals ever had a chance to escape
  • The prisoners were all accused of attempted evasion and were transferred to seven different prisons

A conspiracy to escape from a prison in Argentina went wrong for a group of prisoners after their tunnel was led to where the prison's K-9 unit was housed.

According to the Argentine outlet Clarin, it took the prisoners nearly two days to build a tunnel near Unit 24 cell area, in the Florencia Varela Penin Group in Buenos Aires.

He held out six feet to the garden and his escape exit was three feet wide and five feet deep.

To cast off any suspicion, the suspects, who were part of a carpentry program, completely covered the hole with a piece of plywood and then seeded it with sawdust.

Unfortunately for the prisoners, it seems that their route was a bit off after the tunnel failed to make it outside of the prison, but instead opened in the prison guard doghouses.

A law enforcement agent in the Florencia Varela prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina, climbs into an escape tunnel recently constructed by seven prisoners. The prisoners did not know that the passage led to a prison yard where a K-9 unit was housed.

A law enforcement agent in the Florencia Varela prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina, climbs into an escape tunnel recently constructed by seven prisoners. The prisoners did not know that the passage led to a prison yard where a K-9 unit was housed.

A correction officer (photo) inspects an escape tunnel built by seven prisoners in a prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A correction officer (photo) inspects an escape tunnel built by seven prisoners in a prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A correction officer (photo) inspects an escape tunnel built by seven prisoners in a prison in Buenos Aires, Argentina

But the seven prisoners never had the chance to try to dig another route after officials had thwarted their plot.

Guards discovered the underground passage during a routine inspection of the facility on Monday.

Video footage of the South American prison, which contains more than 7,000 detainees, showed how close the escape hatch was.

Prison officials estimate that it took the prisoners at least two days to build their escape tunnel. It extended to six feet in a courtyard and had a depth of five feet

Prison officials estimate that it took the prisoners at least two days to build their escape tunnel. It extended to six feet in a courtyard and had a depth of five feet

Prison officials estimate that it took the prisoners at least two days to build their escape tunnel. It extended to six feet in a courtyard and had a depth of five feet

To cast off any suspicion, the prisoners covered the escape hole with a piece of plywood and strewn it with sawdust

To cast off any suspicion, the prisoners covered the escape hole with a piece of plywood and strewn it with sawdust

To cast off any suspicion, the prisoners covered the escape hole with a piece of plywood and strewn it with sawdust

The suspects were among 1,540 prisoners detained in the facility's maximum and medium-sized security wing and were punished for theft. They would be released as early as 2021 and 2022.

The prisoners were charged with attempted evasion and were each transferred to seven different penitentiaries.

Researchers are also investigating whether the prisoners have received help from the staff in the detention center.

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