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Fast and Furious scandal: Suspected triggerman in murder of border agent Brian Terry murder arrested in Mexico

April 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fast and Furious scandal: Suspected triggerman in murder of border agent Brian Terry murder arrested in Mexico

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\The cartel associate who allegedly shot and killed Border Patrol agent Brian Terry with a gun provided by the U.S. government back in 2010 was arrested in Mexico on Wednesday.

The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was busted by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included DEA agents, U.S. Marshals, and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, Fox News reported.

A $250,000 reward had been offered for details leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who was apprehended at a ranch on the border of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities indicated that they will seek his extradition.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, the accused gunman in the death pf Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was captured in Mexico on Wednesday

Brian Terry was killed in December 2010 in a shootout between Border Patrol agents and a five-man group called the “rip crew,” which frequently guarded the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug traffickers to rob.

The agent’s killing revealed Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF operation in which the government permitted criminals to purchase firearms in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of following them once they made it into Mexico.

However, the agency lost track of over 1,400 of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to purchase. Two of those firearms were discovered at the scene of Terry’s murder.

The operation ignited a political firestorm, and former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he declined to disclose documents for a congressional investigation.

Border Patrol agent died during a 2010 shootout with members of a cartel “rip-off” crew

Four members of the “rip crew” have already been sentenced in the U.S. Manual Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to murder in 2014.

In 2015, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza were found guilty by a federal jury on nine charges, including murder and armed robbery.

Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, who allegedly launched the “rip crew,” was sentenced to 27 years after accepting a plea deal with prosecutors.

The last member of the “rip crew,” Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is still on the lam.

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