Two Dozen Marines Arrested On Drug And Human Smuggling Charges


More than a dozen United States Marines were arrested Thursday morning for alleged involvement in various illegal activities, ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses, according to a release from the 1st Marine Division.

According to the complaint, Law came to Salazar offering him an opportunity to make $1,000 picking up an "illegal alien." The two picked up a single immigrant and dropped them off at a McDonald's parking lot in Del Mar. Following that job, which took place on July 2, the pair went out again to pick up three more immigrants, when they were stopped and arrested. The complaint states that two of the three immigrants had offered to pay $8,000 to be smuggled into the United States.

While 16 marines were arrested for their involvement in the human smuggling scheme, another eight were questioned about their involvement in alleged drug offenses. The information gathered in the human smuggling investigation led directly to the eight drug arrests, according to the 1st Marine District's release on the matter.

According to the release, none of the Marines arrested or detained for questioning served in support of the Southwest Border Support mission.

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