CAMP PENDLETON–Sixteen Marines were arrested Thursday for their alleged involvement in various illegal activities ranging from human smuggling to drug-related offenses.
Information gained from a previous human smuggling investigation precipitated the arrests, according to the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps officials from 1st Marine Division worked alongside the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to carry out the arrest of the Marines during a Battalion formation at Camp Pendleton.
An additional eight Marines were taken aside to be questioned on their involvement in alleged drug offenses unrelated to today’s arrests.
None of the Marines arrested or detained for questioning served in support of the Southwest Border Support mission, according to the Marine Corps.
1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law, and will continue to fully cooperate with NCIS on the arrests.
Marine Corps officials warned that any Marine found to be in connection with these alleged activities will be questioned and “handled accordingly with respect to due process.”