3 more military members arrested in human smuggling probe
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.