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By Cari Hachmann
Officials from 1st Marine Division worked alongside the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) to carry out the arrest of 16 U.S. Marines on Thursday morning during a Battalion formation at Camp Pendleton.
Authorities gained information from a previous human smuggling investigation prior to the arrests.
The 1st Marine Division and NCIS are continuing to investigate whether any other Marines were involved in the alleged illegal activities.