Video shows 15 US Marines being arrested during formation in connection with a human smuggling ring

  • Newly released video showed 15 US Marines being detained during their formation in Camp Pendleton, San Diego, on July 25.
  • The videos, which were first obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune, showed the arrested Marines being handcuffed by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents in front of their peers at parade-rest.
  • The Marines were reportedly being investigated as part of a broader human smuggling ring.
  • Attorneys representing two of the Marines told The Union-Tribune that their clients' arrest was a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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Newly released video showed 15 US Marines being detained during their formation in Camp Pendleton, San Diego, on July 25.

The Marines were reportedly being investigated as part of a broader human smuggling ring. The videos, which were first obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune, showed the arrested Marines being handcuffed by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents in front of their peers at parade-rest.Advertisement

Thirteen lance corporals from the 1st Marine Division were previously reported to have been charged for human smuggling, larceny, drunkenness, and perjury in September.

Two lance corporals were arrested in July after Customs and Border Patrol agents witnessed them "pick up" suspected undocumented immigrants at the nearby resort community of Jacumba Hot Springs, The Union-Tribune reported. The two lance corporals were charged with trying to smuggle three people from the US-Mexico border, which is considered a federal crime.
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It was during the investigation into the two lance corporals when investigators found other Marines were also implicated.

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