How the 16 Marines suspected of human trafficking and drug offenses in formation were drafted before their dramatic arrest for their entire unit
- Sixteen Marines were arrested for alleged involvement in human trafficking
- They are also involved in drug trafficking, the Marine Corp said
- The soldiers were arrested dramatically during a parade, it turned out
- Eight other Marines were questioned about their involvement in the alleged ring
- Earlier in July, two active Marines, at the same camp in Pendleton, California, were arrested for alleged smuggling of a trio of illegal immigrants at the border
Sixteen Marines involved in human trafficking and drug trafficking were dramatically arrested while in formation for the rest of their unit, it has come out sensationally.
On Thursday it was announced that the arrests followed interviews with two other Marines who were arrested and prosecuted in early July for persuading a trio of illegal immigrants into the country for cash.
& # 39; It is a shock to the system, & # 39; said Major Kendra Motz, a spokeswoman for the 1st Marine Division, CBS News reported.
On Thursday it was revealed that the arrests followed interviews with two other Marines who were arrested and prosecuted in early July for persuading a trio of illegal immigrants to land for money
The Marines had to be in the morning formation before they were arrested for violations ranging from human smuggling to drug-related activities.
& # 39; The release of this information was real so that we could be transparent about what happened today & # 39 ;, said Major Motz. & # 39; It was a very large arrest. & # 39;
All 16 suspects belong to the oldest active maritime division, with headquarters in Camp Pendleton, just 60 miles north of the Mexican border.
Officials did not release the names of the Marines arrested and did not disclose additional information about the alleged violations.
& # 39; If they are actually found guilty of those crimes, they will be appropriately held liable for this & # 39 ;, Major Motz added cbsnews.
Lance Cpl. Byron Darnell Law II and Lance Cpl. David Javier Salazar-Quintero was caught on July 9 by US Border Patrol agents while driving illegal immigrants on Interstate 8 in Jacumba Hot Springs in southeastern San Diego County, California.
Law and Salazar-Quintero, who were also stationed at Camp Pendleton, admitted that they had done the same the night before, and had picked up another illegal immigrant at the same location on Tuesday, July 8 at 10:30 PM.
When the two Marines were arrested earlier in the month, the three passengers told the authorities that they were illegally Mexican citizens in the country and had been picked up by the side of the road in a law-driven car.
Two of the migrants admitted that they were planning to pay more than $ 8,000 to enter the United States and were expecting to settle in New Jersey and Los Angeles, according to the court.
On four different occasions, Salazar-Quintero admitted that he went to Jacumba Hot Spring to pick up illegal immigrants.
The first time he returned without picking up someone, he claimed, while the second time he was promised, but did not receive $ 500 for smuggling a man.
& # 39; We are aware of the charges against Lance Cpl. Law and Lance Cpl. Salazar-Quintero, and we continue to fully cooperate with the research efforts on this issue & # 39 ;, said Navy spokesperson 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh Marine Corps Times at the time.
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