Another Marine was arrested at the border for allegedly smuggling undocumented immigrants

news

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment hold security in the Garmsir district, Afghanistan on Feb. 11, 2012.

(U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Reece Lodder)

A junior-enlisted Marine with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division was arrested Monday at the California border with Mexico for allegedly transporting illegal immigrants into the states.


The arrest took place at the San Ysidro point of entry, bordering San Diego and Tijuana, and the Marine was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, a spokesman with 1st Marine Division told Task & Purpose.

The Marine, whose name has not been revealed, is currently in the custody of civilian law enforcement, and both Customs and Border Protection and Naval Criminal Investigation Services are investigating. The Marine did not serve with the Southwest Border Support Mission, Edinburgh told Task & Purpose.

"At about 1:30 a.m. on December 2, a 20-year-old man arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, driving a white 2007 Ford Mustang," a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told Task & Purpose. "The CBP officer referred the car and driver aside for a more intensive inspection. In the secondary inspection area, CBP officers opened the trunk of the car to find two women hidden inside, both Chinese nationals with no legal status to enter the United States. The driver, who officers identified as a Marine, stationed out of Camp Pendelton just north of San Diego, was arrested and is expected to face federal charges."

NCIS declined to comment for this story.

This incident is the latest to involve the arrest of a Camp Pendleton-based Marine over allegations of smuggling people across the border. The most public occurred on July 23, when 16 Marines, all serving in units under the 1st Marine Division, were taken into custody during a mass arrest conducted during a battalion formation on July 23.

In total, 23 Marines with the 1st Marine Division were detained in July on charges that ranged from human trafficking to drug distribution, and weapons charges. At least one involved a Marine accused of distributing LSD on base.

To date, six have pleaded guilty to charges at court-martials, and 13 "have submitted and have approved pre-trial agreements requesting separation in lieu of courts-martial or waiving administrative separation boards," Edinburgh told Task & Purpose.

The remaining four are still in legal proceedings.

UPDATE: 12/4/19; This article has been updated with new information from Customs and Border Protection.


REUTERS/Scott Audette/File Photo

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has long been seen as an apologist for Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom she met during a secret trip to Damascus in January 2017.

Most recently, a video was posted on Twitter shows Gabbard evading a question about whether Assad is a war criminal.

Since Gabbard is the only active-duty service member running for president — she is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard — Task & Purpose sought to clarify whether she believes Assad has used chlorine gas and chemical weapons to kill his own people.

Read More
Barrett's bolt-action Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) system (Courtesy photo)

The Army is almost doubling its purchase of new bolt-action Precision Sniper Rifles as its primary anti-personnel sniper system of choice, according to budget documents.

Read More
An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft with the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana, sits on the flight line during Southern Strike, Feb. 11, 2020, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. (U.S. Air National Guard/Staff Sergeant Rita Jimenez)

What's cooler than a single missile? How about a missile with a high-powered machine gun attached?

That's exactly what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on, according to budget documents — and it wants $13 million to make it a reality.

Read More
(U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force officials are investigating the death of a man near the north gate of the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday night after the NHL Stadium Series hockey game between the Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, military officials said Sunday.

Read More
(Navy photo / Chief Mass Communication Specialist Paul Seeber)

The Citizens of Ebey's Reserve (COER) is asking a federal judge to require the Navy to roll back the number of EA-18G Growler practice flights at Outlying Field Coupeville to pre-2019 levels until a lawsuit over the number of Growler flights is settled.

COER and private citizen Paula Spina filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Thursday.

According to the motion, since March 2019 the Navy has increased the number of Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and shifted most of its Growler operations to Outlying Field Coupeville, which is near the Reserve and the town of Coupeville.

"The result is a nearly fourfold increase in Growler flights in that area. Now the overflights subject residents in and near Coupeville to extreme noise for several hours of the day, day and night, many days of the week," said the court document.

Read More