Police Pull Body from River

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 9:44am

Around 7:30 AM Thursday morning police witnessed two men loading a silver Ford Taurus with several pounds of marijuana.

The suspects led police on a small chase before driving the car into the Rio Grande river with the driver swimming out of the car, but his passenger drowning inside the vehicle. Police have not identified any of the suspects, but believe both men are American citizens in their early 20's. Hidalgo Sheriff Lupe Trevino states that the driver of the vehicle faces a number of charges including felony manslaughter.

Border Patrol agents and Hidalgo SWAT team members were called out to the scene as a precaution, in cases like this happening so close to the border, authorities want to be prepared for any type of Mexican retaliation. Authorities say that younger men are being recruited by the cartels to smuggle drugs across the border. They say the cartels lure the men with just a couple of hundred dollars to smuggle the drugs.

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