(Tea Party 247) – This Fourth of July, while many Americans celebrated and honored the great sacrifice made by our armed services, two US Marines were arrested for something very dishonorable.
The active duty US Marines were arrested by a US Border Patrol agent for allegedly attempting to smuggle three undocumented Mexican aliens into the US.
They now face federal charges.
Lance Corporals David Javier Salazar-Quintero and Byron Darnell Law II of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, California, have become the most recent active-duty US troops accused of illegally transporting illegal aliens across the border “for financial gain,” according to US District Court documents which the Marine Corps Times obtained from the Southern District of California where they have been charged:
According to a federal complaint, a Border Patrol agent was put on alert after the Marines’ black BMW, operated by Law, parked on the median along Interstate 8, just outside of Jacumba Hot Springs, California.
Just moments later, the two Marines and their alien passengers were arrested.
According to court documents, the aliens confessed their illegal status to the agent right away.
It’s not clear whose idea it was primarily to carry out such a plan. However, Law told border agents that Salazar-Quintero asked him on July 2 if he wanted to make $1,000 for transporting an “illegal alien.”
The two were supposedly taking orders over the phone from an “unknown Mexican number,” and they were never paid for the job.
Salazar-Quintero, on the other hand, “told the agents that Law was the one who first introduced him to the human smuggling world and the ‘recruiter’ that he met several times for previous jobs. Salazar-Quintero argues that he was simply the point of contact because he is fluent in Spanish.”
“We are aware of the charges facing Lance Cpl. Law and Lance Cpl. Salazar-Quintero, and we continue to cooperate fully with the investigative efforts into this matter,” a spokesman for the Marines told the Marine Corps Times.
In 2017, a US Army soldier, Joseph Edmond Cleaveland, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for smuggling two illegal aliens across the border, according to a statement from ICE.
Cleveland, and his accomplice, 20-year-old Marco Antonio Nava Jr., confessed that they were offered $1,500 to drive the two immigrants through the border checkpoints.
MCT adds, “More recently, the Washington Post reported in November 2018 that a member of the US National Guard had gone AWOL and was allegedly attempting to smuggle three undocumented Mexican immigrants into the US by hiding them under a blanket. The potential payout for the illegal transportation was apparently only $400.”