Nearly 80 Prisoners have escaped from a Paraguayan prison near the border.
The Police disclosed that many of the escapees are members of a Brazilian drug and arms trafficking gang and described as highly dangerous.
Police spokeswoman, Elena Andrada, said the escapees, Brazilians, and Paraguayans made their getaway through a tunnel from the prison in the border city of Pedro Juan Caballero.
“Our best men have gone to the border to attempt to recapture the prisoners,” she said.
The number of escapees totalled 76, including 40 Brazilians and 36 Paraguayans, officials said.
Justice Minister Cecilia Perez issued a sharp condemnation, telling Reporters that it must have taken prisoners “several weeks” to build the tunnel and adding, “It is evident that the Staff knew nothing and did nothing.”
Reports have it that the prison’s Warden was dismissed and dozens of guards were arrested; adding that most of the escapees belong to a criminal gang known as First Capital Command, one of Brazil’s most powerful criminal enterprises.
Andrada said the burning hulks of five vans used in the escape were found in Ponta Pora, a Brazilian city separated from Pedro Juan Caballero only by an avenue.