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Investigators say that two Camp Pendleton Marines charged with killing a third Marine over stolen drug money were selling cocaine, marijuana, steroids and other substances on the base, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Lance Cpl. Christian Carney and Pfc. Alvin Lovely are charged with murder in the shooting of Pfc. Stephen Serrano on May 13, the paper reported. Two days later, a jogger found Serrano face down in a ditch in San Clemente with three gunshot wounds to his back and one to his face.

Carney and Lovely are being prosecuted in Orange County Superior Court on the murder charges because Serrano died outside the base, while the Marine Corps is handling the drug charges, the Union-Tribune wrote.

Citing a four-page indictment against Carney, the Union-Tribune wrote that the pair distributed Ecstasy, other illicit drugs and anabolic steroids to fellow Marines from October until their arrests in late May.

In July, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office released a statement in which prosecutors said Serrano and an unidentified Marine broke into Carney’s room at Camp Pendleton on May 9 and stole drug money, the paper reported.

Another unidentified Marine told Carney that he had seen two men break into his room. Carney and Lovely met Serrano’s accomplice and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t identify his conspirator in the burglary, prosecutors told the paper. The man identified Serrano, prosecutors said.

Carney and Lovely returned to Camp Pendleton and asked Serrano to meet them, prosecutors told the Union-Tribune. Then they drove Serrano to San Clemente and killed him, prosecutors said.


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