Early Thursday several Marines, in fact over a dozen were arrested on a shopping cart of charges ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses, according to officials.
According to Fox News, The U.S. Marine Corps said in a news release that 16 Marines were arrested during a Battalion formation at Camp Pendleton in California.
“Information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation precipitated the arrests,” USMC officials said in a statement.
None of the Marines arrested or detained to questioning on Thursday were serving in support of the ongoing Southwest Border Support mission, the Marine Corps said.
“1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law, and we will continue to fully cooperate with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) on this matter,” officials said in a statement. “Any Marines found to be in connection with these alleged activities will be questioned and handled accordingly with respect to due process.”
The names of the arrested Marines were not released and officials did not disclose additional details of the alleged offenses. [Read More]