The suspect in the shooting killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s Operation Fast & Furious, was caught and arrested in Mexico Wednesday.
The suspect, who is a cartel member Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S. and Mexico law enforcement task force included the DEA, U.S. Marshals, and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC). A $250,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes; he was known to be the shooter in Brian Terry’s death. He was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities will seek his extradition.
Brian Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010 in a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and members of a five-man cartel crew, which regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob.
Agent Terry’s death exposed the Operation; Fast and Furious, which was a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area gun stores. The intention was for the government to keep tracking the weapons once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency under Eric Holders supervision lost track of more than 1,400 out of 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to buy. Two of those guns were found at the scene of Terry’s killing. Some say if this operation had not been in place those weapons would not have found their way into the hands of the cartel who killed Agent Terry.
The operation set off a firestorm. Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he refused to hand over documents for a congressional investigation. Holder was totally uncooperative in the government’s investigation. Imagine the top cop of the government refusing to help law enforcement. That’s exactly what Holder did.
Four members of the crew has already been sentenced to jail time in the U.S. Manual Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in February 2014.
In October 2015, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza were convicted by a federal jury of nine charges having to do with other incidences the two were involved in, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, accused of assembling the crew was sentenced to 27 years in prison after a plea bargain with prosecutors. The last remaining member of the self-proclaimed “rip crew,” Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is believed to still be at large.
Agent Brian A. Terry was only 40 years old. He was killed on Dec. 14,2010 near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Maybe we will finally see the shooter brought to justice for Agent Brian Terry.
May he rest in peace.