An examination into Marines accused of helping smuggle migrants into the USA led to the arrest on Thursday of 16 of their fellow Marines at California’s Camp Pendleton, simply north of the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a dramatic move aimed toward sending a message, authorities made the arrests because the Marines gathered information with their battalion.
Not one of the 16 Marines have been concerned in serving to enforce border security, the Marine Corps mentioned in a news release. They’re accused of crimes starting from migrant smuggling to drug-related offenses.
Officers couldn’t instantly be reached for extra details. The arrests came weeks after a Border Patrol agent has arrested two Marines on suspicion of transporting three Mexicans on the promise of money after they crossed illegally into the USA.
The navy stated the investigation helped authorities identify the 16 Marines arrested on the largest Marine Corps’ base on the West Coast, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) from San Diego’s border with Mexico.
Retired Marine Lt. Col. Gary Barthel is known as it a “type of black eye for the Marine Corps” and stated it was essential the military show prison conduct won’t be tolerated.
“Clearly I feel it seems to be dangerous every time you could have the military that’s serving to defend the border and then you’ve acquired military people smuggling,” mentioned Barthel, a lawyer at the Military Law Center in Carlsbad, north of San Diego.