Border Agent Brian Terry's Suspected Killer Arrested In Mexico

Posted April 14, 2017

The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, is accused of carrying out along with other suspects the killing of U.S. border patrol guard Brian Terry in December 2010.

Fox News reports that a joint US-Mexico task force arrested the suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes after offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Mexican authorities confirm the arrest of the suspected shooter in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a bungled gun-tracking operation by the U.S. government.

The investigation into Terry's killing exposed the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' operation to allow known traffickers to buy guns in order to track the illegal flow of the weapons.

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On the evening of December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and other BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agents were patrolling Peck Canyon in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, about 11 miles north of the Mexico border. He will face extradition proceedings in Mexico City.

Tapper also reminded viewers that Terry's family had sued the Obama administration "claiming the government acting irresponsibly", but the case was dismissed.

These two failed attempts were followed by a third, organized by a top ATF agent and a USA attorney.

The family of a Border Patrol agent whose 2010 death exposed a bungled US gun-running operation says the arrest of a Mexican suspect in his killing is "fantastic news". More than 2,000 guns were supposed to be tracked by authorities, but ultimately, majority were lost in Mexico.

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In that probe, the ATF had meant to trace weapons that were purchased legally in the United States by "straw" buyers and then resold into the black market, but federal agents lost track of some weapons, many of which ended up in the hands of drug traffickers. The operation set off a political firestorm.

A jury in Tucson in October 2015 found two men, Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza, guilty on murder and other charges.

Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez was sentenced to 27 years as part of a plea deal.

Only Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga remains at large in Terry's 2010 death. And according to Lajeunesse, Osorio-Arellanes was looking at 30-year to life in prison and that he had been implicated by DNA found at the scene and by his accomplices.

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