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.