Brave members of the United States Marine Corps don’t take kindly to impostors who don their uniform. They’d certainly be outraged to hear that 13 illegal immigrants used Marine Corps uniforms to try to sneak into our country.
Agents at the Campo Border Patrol Westbound I-8 checkpoint in Southern California recently apprehended the illegals, who were riding in a military van complete with disguised plates. The agents were tipped off to the masquerade when they noticed that a “0” on the license plate had been made to look like an “8”.
According to FoxNews.com:
The van used in the smuggling attempt, according to California’s El Centro Border Intelligence Center, was a privately owned vehicle registered out of Yucca Valley, Calif., and was bearing stolen government plates that had been defaced. The center digit — 0 — was altered to read as an 8. Further research through multiple government agencies determined that the plate belonged to a one-ton cargo van registered to the U.S. Marine Corps.
The van entered into the United States via Mexicali, Mexico, and proceeded to Calexico, Calif., where the U.S. Marine uniforms were donned, according to Homeland Security Today.
All of the illegals riding in the van wore name patches emblazoned with “Perez”.
A Border Patrol spokesperson made a written statement regarding the arrest of the 13 illegals:
“This effort is an example of the lengths smugglers will go to avoid detection, and the skilled and effective police work and vigilance displayed everyday by Customs and Border Protection personnel.”
Two U.S. citizens were arrested along with the 13 illegals. One was driving the van while the other was riding in the passenger seat. The pair were attempting to smuggle the entire lot of illegals into the country.
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