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US Two-dozen US Marines were discharged after an investigation over their alleged involvement in drug crimes and a human trafficking operation along the border

23:15  08 february  2020
23:15  08 february  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Two - dozen US Marines have been discharged and at least one has been sentenced to time in prison following an investigation into their involvement in human smuggling and drug -related issues, a spokesperson for the Marines told Military.com. The Marines , all from California's first 1st Marine

Sixteen US Marines have been arrested on charges including human smuggling at a California base near the Mexican border , while eight more have Eight others were questioned concerning their involvement in “ alleged drug offenses related to today’s arrests,” according to a Marine press release.

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  • Two-dozen Marines received less-than-honorable discharges from the US Marines following their reported involvement in human trafficking and drug-related crimes, Military.com reported.
  • One person will face 18 months in the brig, though most others avoided military court prosecution after chargers were dropped over issues with their arrest.
  • The case first came to light when two Marines were arrested with three non-US citizens in their vehicle about seven miles away from the US/Mexico border, according to the report.
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Two-dozen US Marines have been discharged and at least one has been sentenced to time in prison following an investigation into their involvement in human smuggling and drug-related issues, a spokesperson for the Marines told Military.com.

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Eighteen US Marines and one sailor were arrested Thursday for alleged involvement in various illegal activities ranging from human smuggling to drug -related Eight other Marines were also questioned on their involvement in alleged drug offenses unrelated to today's arrests, the Marine Corps said.

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The Marines, all from California's first 1st Marine Division, faced varying levels of punishment from administrative to judicial action, the spokesperson told Military.com

One Marine has been sentenced to 18 months in a military prison, and one other currently awaits a general court-martial trial, the most serious type of military trial, Military.com reported. Nine Marines who faced a courts-martial trial pleaded guilty to the charges and were discharged.

None of the 24 members dismissed were honorably discharged, and at least two of them were discharged with bad-conduct discharges, a spokesperson for the Marines told Military.com

The investigation into the battalion members began last year when border patrol agents arrested Lance Cpls. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero about seven miles from the US/Mexico border, according to the report. The officers determined that the Marines were transporting three undocumented immigrants.

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Sixteen Marines at Camp Pendleton have been arrested on charges ranging from migrant smuggling to drug -related offenses. Here's what we know The move comes three weeks after two other Marines were picked up by a Border Control agent in the area and charged with transporting three Mexicans

The two US Marines who were arrested agreed to answer questions from Border Patrol agents without an attorney present. The lance corporal and a Marine colleague were arrested during that second operation . Two of the undocumented migrants said they were paying ,000 to be smuggled

The initial arrests reportedly led officers to learn of the other various drug-related and human trafficking crimes the 24 Marines would eventually be accused of, according to the report.

Police also arrested Francisco Saul Rojas-Hernandez after several of the Marines told authorities the man, who was arrested in San Diego, California, had orchestrated the human smuggling and paid the Marines to traffick the humans into the US.

According to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune on February 5, federal prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against Rojas-Hernandez, claiming he conspired to recruit members of the Marines and other US citizens to transport people who had just unlawfully crossed the US/Medico border around San Diego.

Per the Union-Tribune, seven other US citizens who were arrested for transporting people who had illegally entered the country had named "Rojas" as the person who had organized the operation.

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This arrest comes just weeks after two Marines at the same camp were caught smuggling illegal immigrants across the border . What else? In addition to the 16 who were arrested, eight other Marines were also "taken aside to be questioned on their involvement in alleged drug offenses

Sixteen U . S . Marines were arrested Thursday on human smuggling and drug allegations at a base in Southern California, military officials said. At least eight other Marines have also been questioned about their involvement in alleged drug offenses.

As Military.com had previously reported, prosecutors had dropped most of the drug and human trafficking charges against the two-dozen Marines who have since been discharged days after a military court ruled that their arrest outside of their Camp Pendleton, which the San Diego Union-Tribune said occured in front of their 800-person battalion, was unlawful. The majority of those accused and discharged faced administrative action outside the Military court system.

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