This is the moment prison officers discover a tunnel seven inmates had allegedly dug in a bid to break free.
The tunnel was discovered at Prison Unit 24 in the municipality of Florencio Varela, in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires and seven inmates are suspected of having dug the tunnel which was found in the recycling area of the prison.
Local media report the prison guards had received a tip-off about the tunnel and so began inspecting the area.
In the video, they can be seen moving pieces of wood to reveal a tunnel which reportedly measured 90 centimetres (three feet) in diameter, two metres (6.5 feet) in length and 1.4 metres (4.6 feet) in depth.
The guards reportedly found a spade in the tunnel and an official told reporters: “It is believed they worked for two days to make this.”
The seven inmates, who were all arrested for robbery and were set to be released between 2020 and 2022, reportedly worked in the woodwork training area of the prison.
A prison source said the “inmates were well behaved” but investigators believe the prisoners could have arrest warrants in their name for other crimes so could have been facing more time behind bars.
The tunnel was directed towards the area where the prison guard dogs are kept.
The seven inmates have now been transferred to different prisons and will be charged with attempted jailbreak, according to reports.
The same prison made headlines in Argentina in July 2018 when more than eight kilogrammes of cocaine were found in the kitchen of the prison, hidden among tomatoes.
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