16 US Marines arrested for alleged human smuggling and drug-related offenses

Left: U.S. Army Pvt. First Class before going to prison in 2018 for drug trafficking charges at Fort Stewart.

Sixteen US Marines are in custody after on suspicion of being involved in human smuggling and drug-related offenses related to activities along the US Southern Border.

The arrests were carried out on Thursday at California’s Camp Pendleton, in what CNN described as “dramatic fashion” during morning formation.


“Information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation precipitated the arrests,” the USMC said in a statement. “None of the Marines arrested or detained for questioning served in support of the Southwest Border Support mission.”

Eight other Marines have been questioned due to involvement in unrelated drug offenses.

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