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      Drug smuggler plunges car into Rio Grande in Escobres

      Border Patrol Photo

      Authorities are working to identify a drug smuggler who was behind the wheel of a mini-van that plunged into the Rio Grande.

      U.S. Border Patrol officials reported the driver lead agents on a chase in the rural Starr County community of Escobares on Thursday.

      Agents tried to stop the mini-van but the driver turned around and sped towards the river plunging it inside the water.

      The driver swam to Mexico but a tow truck got the mini-van out of the water.

      Investigators found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana inside.