Semper High: Marine charged in alleged Mexican smuggling ring was also allegedly slinging LSD on base


VIDEO: The Army tests LSD on US service members

Thirteen Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, California who were arrested in July for their alleged involvement in human smuggling at the U.S. Mexico border were recently charged with a litany of offenses, including "transporting and/or conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants," stealing smoke grenades, perjury, and failure to obey an order.

But one charge, leveled at a Marine lance corporal, stands out: the distribution of LSD on base.

Despite the nature of their alleged offenses, a charge of dealing acid seems a bit surprising. After all, it's difficult to imagine anything more horrifying than tripping balls on LSD while getting screamed at and aggressively knife-handed by an enraged SNCO for not having a proper hair cut, or for failing to render the proper greeting of the day.

The snozberries taste like snozberries... Giphy

According to the charge sheet, the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Marine allegedly distributed LSD and coke on or around Camp Pendleton between March and late July.

The full charges for Lance Cpl. Scarface are listed below. for full effect, read in your sergeant major's voice so you know what it was like when he was called out in front of the entire battalion: "To all who shall see these presents, greeting..."

(U.S. Marine Corps photo)

The news is the latest in a story that broke in early July, when Lance Cpl. Byron Law and Lance Cpl. David Javier Salazar-Quintero, who are both infantrymen with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, were pulled over by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel with the three undocumented immigrants in their back seats and arrested.

After NCIS examined their phones, the battalion held a mass formation and promptly arrested 16 Marines suspected of being part of a larger human trafficking ring.

On Sept. 20, the Marine Corps announced that 13 Marines have been charged. All but one of the Marines belongs to 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; the other is assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines.

While dropping acid in uniform might seem like a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea and a guaranteed way to have an awful fucking trip... there seems to be a market for it. In an unrelated incident, a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was arrested over the weekend for allegedly distributing drugs to service members and civilians in North Carolina.

Then there were the two sailors who tried to go all Breaking Bad at Naval Base Ventura County in California before that plan turned out to be a horrible idea. Not to mention that last November at least 14 sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan were disciplined for "LSD-related charges," as Task & Purpose previously reported.

And that came just six months after 14 airmen at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming were disciplined for dropping acid between shifts – for those of you who don't know, that's the base responsible for protecting the Pentagon's nuclear missile silos.

Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised that one of the charges in this case involved acid.

Lorena Mendez hung up on a representative from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation when the organization called to offer her a mortgage-free home as a widow of a serviceman.

She assumed it was a scam.

Mendez is the widow of Marine Lance Cpl. Norberto Mendez-Hernandez, who enlisted in the Marines in 2010 and was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. He was 22 years old.

At the time, his son Anthony was 3 years old and he had a newborn daughter, Audrey.

"I hung up on them a couple of times before I Googled them and then I called them back crying," Mendez said as she stood in the kitchen of her new home Tuesday in Horizon City. Her children, now 11 and 9, stood next to her, smiling.

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