In 2010, United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by a Mexican cartel member with a gun supplied by the U.S. government under former President Barack Obama’s “Operation Fast and Furious.”
On Wednesday, the same suspected cartel member was reportedly arrested by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, according to Fox News.
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, and U.S> authorities say they will seek his extradition.
Osorio-Arellanes was believed to have been involved with the Dec. 14, 2010, gunfight between Border Patrol agents, including Terry, and members of a five-man cartel “rip crew” known for robbing drug dealers along the border.
Terry’s death exposed Operation Fast and Furious, in which the federal government — under the direction of Obama’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico.
However, the plan went sour and the bureau lost track of over 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.
Four members of the “rip crew” have been sentenced to jail in the United States, including Manual Osorio-Arellanes, who was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in February 2014.
Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza were convicted in October 2015 by a federal jury of nine different charges, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.
Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez was sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in assembling the “rip crew.”
The last remaining member of the cartel, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, was believed to still be at large.
President Trump has proven that his tough stance on crime and border issues is a resounding success.
Although Osorio-Arellanes has yet to be found guilty, his arrest and capture is the best news we’ve heard regarding this case in a very long time.