Terry was killed in 2010 during a firefight on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.
Over 2,000 weapons were shipped across the border in the Fast and Furious scheme, in the hopes that they could be traced to activity involving drug cartels. But agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms lost track of over 1,400 of them, and the result was over 20 deaths or violent crimes linked to weapons in the operation.
At least Terry’s family is finally seeing some form of justice.
The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).
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 theintention 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 drug cartel thug who used a Fast & Furious gun to kill US border agent Brian Terry has been arrested.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 13, 2017
In addition to Terry’s death, a Mexican beauty queen named Maria Susana Flores Gamez was murdered in December of 2012, and that crime scene yielded another gun provided by the Obama administration’s botched operation.
Remember, this is the same administration that constantly called for gun control of law-abiding American citizens.
Fast and Furious weapons ceded to the drug cartels have been used for other crimes in Mexico, turned up at the scenes of violent crimes in Phoenix, and have been linked to at least 11 other violent crimes across the country.
The operation was such a disaster, then-Attorney General Eric Holder did his best to cover up what the Obama administration had done, repeatedly stalling the production of materials for the case over several years. Holder was held in contempt of Congress in 2012, over his refusal to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents.
The suspect in Terry’s murder will likely be extradited to the U.S., while one other fugitive in the case remains at large. Four others involved in the firefight have been convicted or have pleaded guilty in federal court to murder charges.
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