• Jun 7th 2013 at 11:06AM
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An extensive crime ring in San Diego, Calif., involving over 50 people including 7 active duty Marines, 7 retired Marines and a Navy sailor was busted in a sting operation on Thursday.

Cocaine, methamphetamine, and military equipment -- which included weapons, over 10,000 rounds of ammunition and high capacity magazines and other high tech military hardware -- were sold to undercover agents who caught the exchange on camera. The Washington Post reported that the sting also netted 92 stolen vehicles worth nearly $700,000.

Authorities took 8 months to infiltrate the crime syndicate in an operation they called Operation Perfect Storm. The operation included help from four different enforcement agencies, including the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"Marines, our military, are human. And as any human, they sometimes do bad things. But it is disappointing." San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told CBS News.

If convicted suspects arrested in Operation Perfect Storm could see up to 25 years in prison.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's focus attention on the real thieves - - the private Federal Reserve.
      Steve-a-rino
      • 2 Years Ago
      San Diego Marines are "Hollywood Marines" have long been known as "Hollywood" marines and are not really representative of the "real" corps. Send them to Parris Island, retrain them and see what you get!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve-a-rino
        So, what branch of the service did you serve in? Sure was not the Marine Corps. And should you claim to be a Marine, you are a disgrace to talk of your brothers in such a manner, a real Marine would not speak of his fellow Marines (not the ones doing the stealing) re: not real Marines because one is trained in San Diego. The young men involved in this are stationed there, NOT trained in boot camp there. Don't be such an idiot. I served with plenty of GREAT Marines that were trained out of San Diego as well as Parris Island.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Military personnel = Welfare losers, not heroes. Our military is full of losers, idiots, criminals, addicts and drunks, that only volunteered because they had no other options in life, and we get to pay them benefits for life. It is criminal that we as a society allow the military in our public schools to spread their lies and deception. If they had been raised properly, paid attention to their studies in school and/ or werent substance abusers they could have provided benefit to our society. I don't care to hear how the "military protects our freedoms" bs. Our country has been attacked twice in 70+ years, Pearl Harbor and 9/11, how well did our "defense" do in those instances? 0 for 2. Our freedoms are being threatened by those in Washington DC and State Capitols not by foriegn countries. Our military is the WORST form of welfare, draining our countries financial strength, diverting monies we could use to improve our infrastructure, social programs, schools, etc. Everyday we read of military criminals like in this article, or Bales, or Manning, enough already. We have a well armed militia in our residents...that is ENOUGH.
        Hello Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        If you knew anything of which you just commented on I would not be angry with you but you obviously never served because I did and none of those guys fit the bill that you just served them with. They loved this country and considered it an honor to serve it, all of them worked hard at what ever tasks they were giving and we all worked together to serve the whole. I'm not saying that in that time we never had bad apples, every place of employment everywhere does but to say they are like welfare is inaccurate and wrong. You have your freedoms even though you were to cowardly to do it yourself because of these men and woman in uniform, I defy you to say what you did on here to any Marines face, you lack the courage of your convictions, you are yellow and a coward.
        kesac
        • 2 Years Ago
        You don't know what you are talking about. The educational level of our military is higher than that of the general population. Our military personell are sent through some of the most technical schools available anywhere, and they are fast tracked through those at an accelerated rate compared to what would be expected of civilians recieving the same education.
        • 2 Years Ago
        At least you could say thanks for their service.
        bluebud55
        • 2 Years Ago
        So because a handful of military personnel get arrested, the entire military are a bunch of criminals? I know a TON of people in the military who are amazing people who genuinely want to serve and protect our country. How dare you condemn the entire military because of the actions of a few. I don't know what you do for a living, but if one person in your company commits a crime, does that make you a criminal as well? No. And 0 for 2? You don't realize how many attacks are stopped BEFORE they happen. Attacks that we don't hear about because they don't want the public to freak out. There have been quite a few attacks that our military has prevented from happening before they had a chance to happen. You, don't deserve the service and sacrifice of our military. And if you don't like it, then do us all a favor and leave America. I suggest moving to Iraq.
        BRUCE
        • 2 Years Ago
        That well armed militia in our residents that you speak of.....they're called gangs.
        • 2 Years Ago
        Jay I am a Korean War Veteran, was with the 1st Marine Division 7th Marines C. Co. in 1952 you are a pompous fool that deserves to have your ass in the front to see what all are military is about But because of a bunch of AHoles that slipped through a system get the attention, don't go off on you **** packed horse and play the great philosopher of mankind. Young men have died , to many to count and many died heroically , jumping on grenades to save his buddies, I good friend of mine PFC John Kelly of the 7th Marines was awarded the Medal Of Honor and yes he was there to recieve it he was dead. What have you done in your miserable life? Our society is filled with losers you being one of them. And for your information A-Hole serving in the military does not give you benefits for life, unless its loss of limb or other. And lastly the item you wrote that really pissed me off is your statement on what did the military do after Pearl Harbor let me rattle that mini left wing brain you have. For a starter how about Guadalcanal(Marines) Battle Of Midway(Navy) Battle of the Bulge (Army) The bombing of Germany (Army Air Corps) Saber Jets at Korea (Air Force) Alot of our guys died in those arenas. If we weren't there A-Hole you might be speaking Japanese or German today. And lastly I wouldn't be surprised if you are som foreign pig acting as an American, and if you are i will greet you the same way I would great anyone one like you **** you where you Breathe
        Charles
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wow, someone is angry for being rejected by the military........ You are welcome by the way for being able to talk like that.
        webe50
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wow, you do hate our military. Hopefully, when you need them, they will be too busy helping others.
        Hello Lisa
        • 2 Years Ago
        I hope your a troll, if not you're a a88hole.
        Harry
        • 2 Years Ago
        You, sir, are the idiot/loser! I would bet my life that the vast majority of military personnel are upstanding citizens. The rights and freedoms you have were paid for with the blood of military personnel. Your rhetoric sounds like it comes from someone that was rejected for military service.
        weirdo
        • 2 Years Ago
        They wouldn't take ya huh. As a veteran, I can say..."you wouldn't make a pimple on a Marine's ass".
        • 2 Years Ago
        Jay, so much for your sociology lecture...and your ability to oversimplify just about anything in US history in the last 70 years....So, Darling.....you are the ONE who doesnt deserve the US military,,,and just because some group of ********* are identified as criminals and will get their just desserts....DOESNT at all undermine the work and sacrifice of the vast majority of uniformed personnel in all four branches of the US military...and you cowboy militias are a sad commentary on little boys who never grew up and store a ton of weapons and play paint ball games, and act as if you could defend what/when? and the answer is you can defend and will defend nothing but your excuse of a sorry ASS....so go play with your weapons this weekend, and keep telling yourselves what BIG MEN you are....the REST OF US in the USA will rely on the men and women who serve and continue to serve this nation responsibly and effectively....go play in the sandbox with the rest of your militia....
          memaamber
          • 2 Years Ago
          And dont forget we still have our training and know how to use our weapons ,and support our goverment ,L/cpl.p.larkin 57/63 usmc
          • 2 Years Ago
          Jay, don't be pissed off that I didn't pay $ 40000.00 to stay drunk and go to college. I Got paid to stay drunk ,see the world and graduated college. Your children are draining your retierment on school supplies, who's the smart one here. Work harder, there are people counting on you :)
          • 2 Years Ago
          Good for you Exmarine54. And Thank You for serving, whether in these times or Korea, WW2 or Vietnam.
        flaviation
        • 2 Years Ago
        Eat **** Jay.
        t121365
        • 2 Years Ago
        "If they had been raised properly, paid attention to their studies in school". Jay, don't you see just a little problem with that one sentence? I suggest you contact your doctor and ask him or her why your colostomy surgical procedure resulted in the waste coming out of your mouth instead of an incision in the anterior abdominal wall and I would also recommend consulting with your psychiatrist as to why you wear your ass on your shoulders, I think I just answered the colostomy question.
      danfox395
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess they were not among "Few Good Men"!
      smalltm1959
      • 2 Years Ago
      Camp Pendleton is not a San Diego base it's a southern Californian base.
        rjackson2a
        • 2 Years Ago
        @smalltm1959
        smalltm1959 Camp Pendleton is not a San Diego base it's a southern Californian base. Located within the city limits of San Diego. And a "Californian" is a person, not a place.
          The Porter Clan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @rjackson2a
          rjackson2a......Camp Pendleton is located 38 miles north of the city of San Diego......
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      CBS apparently is unaware that gang members are joining the military to learn fighting skills.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Well, "juvenile delinquents" used to be offererd jail time or join the marines and learn to be men.
      mayabelle1107
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love if you would do stories like this about inner city gangs and our government... but nah, much easier to point out the few of millions that have fought for your right to point out the 1% of them that do these types of things.
      Bobby B 4
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Be all that you can be!' Oops, that's the Army isn't it? I guess those Marines took the Army phrase a little too literally.
        mccullougs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby B 4
        No I don't think they used the Army phrase, only their phrase "The proud, the few, the MARINES.' I guess those few Marines are proud of what they did. Lets keep it real.
      beobe99
      • 2 Years Ago
      I imagine Republicans in office will be calling for a full investigation and the de-funding of the Military and this Corrupt administration. What are they Hiding? how far up the latter does this go? who knew this was going on? What's Obama's involvement in this all? How come it took 8 months of investigation when it only takes an hour on TV? :)
        rogue2474
        • 2 Years Ago
        @beobe99
        Better yet, was Obama the one running the ring...lol They can spin some real BS!
        rob000000
        • 2 Years Ago
        @beobe99
        And I imagine the Democrats in office will be "blaming Bush".
        DAD THE GREAT ON
        • 2 Years Ago
        @beobe99
        You imagine. There are jerks everywhere. Sure Obama knows alot of them. However, not all of them. I would hope these guys get burned. Love a former Marine Sgt. and a conservative (by todays standards) Democrat.
      defensearms
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny seeing HP using FOX news to copy and paste info.........
      • 2 Years Ago
      upto I looked at the bank draft saying $7963, I didnt believe ...that...my neighbour had been actualy earning money parttime from there new laptop.. there moms best frend started doing this for under seven months and recently took care of the dept on there villa and bought a great Mitsubishi Evo. we looked here ........ Fox85.com
      raptureready1958
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are shaming our military's name.
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