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Marines Arrested In Smuggling Investigation

July 26, 2019



a scandal at a military base in California 16 Marines arrested in dramatic fashion accused of cashing in on migrants pursuing the American dream CBS 2's Ali Bauman here now with the late developments Ali well Maurice officials say none of the Marines arrested or detained served in support of the immigration enforcement mission along the southern border but inside the core there is growing concern the misconduct may be even more widespread 16 Marines were arrested early Thursday morning during battalion formation at Camp Pendleton in Southern California about an hour away from the us-mexico border in a statement the 1st Marine Division says the troops were taken in for alleged involvement in various illegal activities ranging from human smuggling to drug related offenses and 8 more Marines are being questioned in unrelated drug offenses two weeks ago two Marines in the same battalion were arrested near the border accused of transporting undocumented immigrants in exchange for money they were caught by Border Patrol agents while allegedly picking up three undocumented immigrants from Mexico earlier this month court documents say the migrants told investigators they were paying $8,000 to be smuggled to Los Angeles or New Jersey one of the Marines said he was expecting to be paid $1,000 for his role the other said he had made similar pickups before Border Patrol agents brought in their investigation leading to Thursday's arrests in a separate case the Navy has taken the rare step of kicking an entire platoon of elite seals known as SEAL Team 7 out of Iraq for drinking alcohol in a war zone which is against regulation I think it's highly unusual to have a unit especially a special operations unit sent home early defense officials tell CBS News they were involved in a drunken fourth of July party as well as allegations of sexual misconduct a tweet from the Special Operations Command said the commander lost confidence in the team's ability to accomplish the mission yes they are asked to go out and kill as part of their jobs but they're supposed to be able to do it with discipline and do it in ways that don't allow them to lose their bearing and to lose their discipline military commanders insists there is not a systemic problem the Marines arrested are between 18 and 22 years old and range in rank from private first class to corporal charges have not yet been filed and could either be filed in federal court or by military tribunal Maurice Ali thank you

6 Comments

  • Reply Renegade Dragon July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    California liberalism is a social disease!

  • Reply Gutiérrez Navarrete July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Traitors much?

  • Reply Evelyn Nichel July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Traitors… I mean Democrats!! No I meant Pimps and Drug Dealers….
    Who pays THOUSANDS for the entry of ILLEGAL Immigrants unless THEY ARE human traffickers or drug smugglers🤷🏽‍♂️.

  • Reply Walt Wynn - San Diego North County July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Drinking a few beers in Iraq?!…

  • Reply Tommy July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Thats why we need to build a wall. No room for these criminals.

  • Reply People Evil July 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Military tribunal now.

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