13 Sep '18, 10pm

The Marine Corps is quietly monitoring sections of the US-Mexico border to stop migrants and drug traffickers

Soon after his arrival to 4th GSP, a squad leader told Vogel to prepare for upcoming training, one that promised real world conditions for the platoon to hone their skills before heading to battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan. Their enemy for this operation would not be green targets on a shooting range, or other Marines pretending to be insurgents. For the next few weeks, their targets would be drug cartels and human traffickers moving north across the U.S.-Mexico border in southern California. Their mission: help the U.S. Border Patrol stem the tide of drugs pouring into the U.S. using their surveillance equipment. As Vogel and his platoon sat through briefings on drug cartels from Central and Latin America, he focused on the mission. “My thoughts were on the terrain,” he recalled, “it looked just like the mountains of Afghanistan.”

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-military/2018/...

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