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2 Camp Pendleton-based Marines accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants

Posted: 9:57 AM, Jul 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-09 12:57:01-04
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(KGTV) – Two Camp Pendleton-based Marines are accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post reported .

Border Patrol agents arrested Lance Cpls. Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar-Quintero on July 3 near the Tecate Port of Entry, according to a federal complaint.

Both men are charged with smuggling “for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain,” the complaint said.

In the complaint, agents reported seeing three undocumented immigrants getting into the pair’s vehicle on Interstate 8 on the morning of July 3. The vehicle was pulled over a short time later and all five occupants were arrested.

The immigrants, according to the complaint, told agents that they paid $8,000 to have Law and Salazar-Quintero take them north.

In the complaint, it was stated that Law and Salazar-Quintero admitted to agents that they’ve have smuggled undocumented immigrants before.

A Marine official told the Marine Corps Times that Law and Salazar-Quintero are riflemen with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.