Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has ordered a military-wide security review following the arrests of 14 people suspected of trafficking military explosives. Six of those arrested are Marines.
The arrests Thursday were part of an ongoing 18-month investigation into the theft of military weapons, including rocket launchers, machine guns, mines, mortars and grenades. Much of the ordnance was stolen from Camp Lejeune, the sprawling Marine base in North Carolina where five of the Marines were arrested.
Four Marines were stationed there; a fifth was posted at nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station.
The sixth Marine, Capt. Thomas Crawford, was arrested in Millis, Mass., about 30 miles southwest of Boston. Crawford recently transferred from Camp Lejeune to the Naval Marine Corps Reserve Center in Worcester, Mass., according to Marine officials.
The eight civilians -- all from North Carolina -- were arrested on a variety of charges involving allegations of manufacturing and selling military explosives and hardware.