Active Duty Marines Arrested for Smuggling Illegals
Lance Cpl. Byron Darnell Law II and Lance Cpl. David Javier Salazar-Quintero are in a heap of trouble both with the Feds and the Marine Corps. They are both active duty Marines assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton. They were pulled over by the Border Patrol near Jacumba Hot Springs, California on July 3 for allegedly smuggling three illegals (who were in the back seat) into the US for the “purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain.”
The active duty Marines told authorities they’d speak to them without a lawyer (always a stupid idea). According to Law, on July 2, they picked up an illegal and drove him to the McDonalds in Del Mar, California. They were supposedly given instructions by an unknown person from an unknown Mexican number on the other end of a cell phone (yes, indeed, another stupid move). They allegedly didn’t get paid for that trip.
“On July 3, Salazar again allegedly coordinated between Law and a spotter to set up a rendezvous near the Jacumba Hot Springs exit on Interstate 8. They eventually met up with three illegal immigrants who entered Law’s vehicle before the traffic stop leading to their arrest, the complaint states.Breitbart
Salazar, after receiving his Maranda (sic) Rights, also agree to speak with investigators, the complaint continues. Salazar allegedly claims that Law introduced him to human smuggling and took him to a recruiter who drove the vehicle described at the McDonald’s meeting on July 2. He allegedly told the investigator that he traveled to Jacumba on four separate occasions.”
The Marine Corps Times reported,
On the morning of the arrest, Law said he was again contacted by Salazar-Quintero — who he described as being “responsible for organizing” the smuggling — for another job, and guaranteed “they would get paid for todays and last night’s event in cash,” according to a court document.
Law said he was supposed to get $1,000 for the July 3 pickup. Law told authorities that it was Salazar that arranged the details. Salazar told authorities that Law introduced him to smuggling. Finger pointing. That probably helped a lot. The three Mexican nationals were sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.
The Mexican nationals told authorities that they paid $8,000 to be smuggled into the US. Their destinations were to be Los Angeles and New Jersey. They identified Law as the driver.
Why two active duty Marines would want to be drivers for illegal aliens is beyond our comprehension. The risks are a thousand times higher than the $1,000 they were supposed to be paid. Now their military careers are toast. They face 10 years in prison (each) for violation of Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324. And they’ve shown stupidity in decision making– which makes the United States Marine Corps look bad.