U.S. Marines Arrested for Human Smuggling

U.S. Marines Arrested for Human Smuggling

According to CNN the U.S. Marine Corps announced the arrest of thirteen (13) Marines on charges involving human smuggling.  They face military court of justice proceedings.

Two of the Marines, Lance Cpl. Byron D. Law and Lance Cpl. David J. Salazar-Quintero, both members of 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division … were arrested by border patrol personnel on July 3, 2019 for allegedly transporting and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants,’ the 1st Marine Division Press Office wrote in a statement.

Allegedly Law told border patrol agents he was a Marine based at Camp Pendleton.  The complaint claims Salazar-Quintero called Law the night of July 2 and offered him $1,000 for picking up an immigrant.   The immigrants claimed they were paying $8,000 for the smuggling.  The charges the Marines face include failure to obey an order, drunkenness, larceny, perjury, transporting and/or conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants.

In all, 18 Marines and a Sailor were arrested in July for alleged involvement in various illegal activities ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses.  All face military court of justice proceedings.  None of these Marines were stationed at the US/Mexican border.

This story is still developing, check back for updates. 

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