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.
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.
A federal judge sentenced a Houston man to nearly two years in prison for conspiring with a Harlingen man and active duty soldiers stationed at Fort Hood to smuggle undocumented immigrants north throughout the country.