Fast and Furious: Suspected murderer of border agent captured

The cartel member believed to have murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a firearm supplied by the U.S. government was arrested in Mexico Wednesday, according to a Fox News exclusive.

A joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit apprehended the suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua.

A $250,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the capture of Osorio-Arellanes whose extradition will be sought by U.S. authorities.

Terry was murdered in December 2010 during a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and a five-man cartel “rip crew,” which stalked the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border seeking drug dealers to rob. 

Terry’s death led to the exposure of Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) mission in which the federal government allowed criminals to purchase firearms in Phoenix-area stores with the intention of tracking them into Mexico. The ATF failed to track more than 1,400 of the 2,000 firearms purchased by smugglers. Two of the firearms that were not tracked were found at the scene of Terry’s murder. 

Fast and Furious caused a political scandal during which then-Attorney General Eric Holder refused to divulge documents related to a congressional investigation and was held in contempt of Congress.

United States courts have already seen the sentencing of four members of the “rip crew.” In 2014, Manual Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. 

In 2015, a federal jury convicted Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza of nine separate charges, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. 

After negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors, Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, accused of assembling the “rip crew,” garnered a 27 year prison sentence.

Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, the final member of the “rip crew,” remains at large.

H/T: Fox News

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