Investigators are now looking at members of his family who they suspect took part in the attempted escape.
According to a police officer, Clauvino's nervousness gave him away when he approached the officer to return his daughter's ID. Prison authorities in Rio de Janeiro released a video showing the inmate wearing a wig, a silicone mask, a bra and a tight-fitting T-shirt. Using items allegedly smuggled to him inside the Brazilian prison where he is serving a lengthy sentence on drug charges, the inmate known as "Shorty" would impersonate his daughter and walk out.
Footage shared by the O Dia newspaper showed da Silva taking off the clothes and peeling off the mask before stating his name.
According to the BBC, da Silva is now serving a sentence of almost 74 years for drug smuggling.
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His daughter and seven other people who had recently visited Silva are being questioned.
Authorities stated da Silva was part of the leadership of the Red Command, which is one of the "most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio".
One Brazilian drug lord chose to shoot his shot in breaking out of prison in the most low-budget way possible - by disguising himself as his own daughter. He was arrested last month for attempting a prison escape back in 2013, when he was actually able to escape.
Following his detection, da Silva - who is 42 years old - was transferred to a maximum-security person.