In this video screenshot, the battalion sergeant major for 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment , Sgt. Major Matthew Dorsey, points at a line of 15 Marines as he instructs waiting NCIS agents to arrest them. (U.S. Marine Corps)
Military prosecutors dropped human trafficking and drug charges against most of the two dozen Marines recently arrested in front of their Camp Pendleton battalion, days after a court ruled those arrests were an unlawful violation of their rights, Marine Corps officials confirmed Tuesday.
The arrests of 15 Marines in July for running an alleged human smuggling ring at Camp Pendleton were caught on video by a 1st Marine Division public affairs official (U.S. Marine Corps video))
None of the 13 Marines recently arrested and charged in the case of an alleged human smuggling ring at Camp Pendleton are accused of transporting any unauthorized immigrants across the border, the lead investigator in the case said Tuesday.
They are charged based on the allegation they were part of a conspiracy to transport the immigrants across the county.
SAN DIEGO — The Naval Criminal Investigative Service said Friday that three more Camp Pendleton-based service members — two Marines and a sailor — were arrested Thursday, bringing the total arrests in a sweeping human smuggling and drug probe to 19.
Jeff Houston, an NCIS spokesman, said the two Marines are attached to the same unit — 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment — as the 16 arrested at morning formation Thursday.
The sailor, Houston said, is a corpsman assigned to Camp Pendleton.