We turn next here to
16 US Marines under arrest tonight
at Camp Pendleton in California,
one by one, pulled out of formation
and then arrested
right in front of their peers.
Tonight, they are facing charges
including alleged human smuggling.
These arrests were triggered after
two Marines from the same base
were charged earlier this month
with transporting three undocumented
Mexicans “for financial gain.”
Those Marines were allegedly
contacted by a recruiter in Mexico
and told where to pick up the migrants
once they crossed into the US.
The documents say the Marines were
spotted by a border agent
just seven miles from Mexico
with the migrants in the back.
One of the Marines who was arrested
said he was promised $1,000
for the pickup.