3 more military mem­bers ar­rested in hu­man smug­gling probe

Lodi News-Sentinel - - LOCAL / STATE - By An­drew Dyer

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.

None of the 19 ser­vice mem­bers has been charged with a crime. A Ma­rine of­fi­cial not au­tho­rized to com­ment on the case said Fri­day he ex­pected charges to be filed early next week.

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