Thirteen illegal immigrants disguised themselves as U.S. Marines — donning battle dress uniforms and caps — in a failed attempt to get through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint last week east of San Diego, authorities said.
The driver of the white van carrying the immigrants and another man, both U.S. citizens, were arrested March 14 at the I-8 checkpoint near Campo and charged with alien smuggling, according to U.S. Border Patrol officials.
Three of the illegal immigrants were detained as witnesses, while the rest were returned to Mexico, officials said.
The van drew suspicion in part because it had an altered U.S. Government license plate, authorities said. The investigation is being conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The immigrants all had Marine-style haircuts and the name tag “Perez” on the their camouflage uniforms, U.S. Marine Corps officials said.
Most interesting… was this merely a smuggling attempt or a test of sorts?
Hopefully our NCIS friends will find out.