More than a dozen US Marines were arrested on early Thursday under various charges ranging from people smuggling to drug-related offenses.
The US Marine Corps announced in a press release that 16 Marines were arrested while a battalion formation in Camp Pendleton, California.
"Information from previous investigations against human smuggling hastened the arrests," a USMC statement said OF YOUNG PEOPLE OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
On Thursday, another eight Marines were "set aside," to question their involvement in alleged drug-related offenses that had nothing to do with the main arrests.
None of the Marines arrested or detained on Thursday served to support the ongoing South West Frontier mission, the Marine Corps said.
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"The 1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law and we will continue to fully cooperate with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on this matter. work together, "it said in a statement. "Any marines identified in connection with these suspected activities will be interviewed for appropriate procedures and treated accordingly."
The officers did not disclose the names of the arrested Marines and did not disclose any additional details of the alleged crimes.
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Earlier this month, two Camp Pendleton-based Marines were arrested and charged with transporting illegal immigrants for money. 19659003] The Marines, Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero, were arrested on July 3 in the east of San Diego County and face a crime for seeking financial compensation for moving unauthorized immigrants into the country after crossing the border San Diego Union-Tribune reported at the time.