As reported by Fox News, sources close to the investigation into the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry revealed that Wednesday authorities apprehended the suspected triggerman linked to the deadly shooting.
According to congressional sources, senior law enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the suspect identified as Haraclio Osorio-Arellanes was arrested during a joint operation with Mexican law enforcement agencies.
The operation is said to have been a collaborative effort between Mexican authorities and a joint task force comprising of the DEA, the U.S. Marshals Service and Border Patrol Tactical Unit (a.k.a BORTAC).
The murder of Brian Terry exposed the ATF’s disastrously failed ‘Fast and Furious’ gun-walking operation which became a widely criticized scandal late 2010 following the agents death. After the cartel shooting which took place on December 14th of 2010, the U.S. government announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the subsequent arrest of Osorio-Arellanes.
Sources stated that Osorio-Arellanes was apprehended on a ranch along the border near the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. The U.S. Government is reportedly seeking extradition in the case.
Via Fox News
Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010 in a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and members of a five-man cartel “rip crew,” which regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob.
The agent’s death exposed Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency lost track of more than 1,400 of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to buy. Two of those guns were found at the scene of Terry’s killing.
The operation set off a political firestorm, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation.
Four members of the “rip crew” already been sentenced to jail time…
The last remaining member of the “rip crew,” Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is believed to still be at large.