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    Fast and Furious scandal: Suspected triggerman in border agent's murder arrested

    By William Lajeunesse, Laura Prabucki Published April 12, 2017

    Agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed on Dec. 14 near Rio Rico, Ariz., according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. (FNC)

    The cartel member suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by the U.S. government was arrested in Mexico Wednesday, senior law enforcement, Border Patrol, and congressional sources told Fox News.

    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).

    A $250,000 reward had been sought for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities have said they will seek his extradition.

    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 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 different charges, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

    Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, accused of assembling the "rip crew," was sentenced to 27 years in prison after striking a plea agreement with prosecutors.

    The last remaining member of the "rip crew," Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is believed to still be at large.
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    Oh that's so good they got the shooter. Hope they find the last one, still-at-large, too. They didn't say if someone down there got the reward.
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    NC and Canada. Got a foot in both worlds
    More than anything I want to see Holder and Obama charged as the ring leaders! They need to be prosecuted for Treason AND Sedition.
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    Trump is to slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry as Reagan was to hostages in Iran

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The suspected killer of Brian Terry, the U.S. Border Patrol agent who died in 2010 amid a hail of Fast and Furious fire — the gun-running program brought to U.S. policy shores courtesy of Barack Obama and Eric Holder — was arrested in Mexico.

    And the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with several other U.S. entities, participated in the investigation that led to his arrest.

    Umm, why couldn’t Obama do this during his presidency?

    This is very nearly like the time Jimmy Carter couldn’t for the life of him win the release of American hostages from Iran — yet the day Ronald Reagan took his oath of White House office, they were freed.

    Terry was killed December 14, 2010, during a shoot-out between border agents and Mexico drug cartel members. Terry’s death led to revelations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation that saw guns purposely being sold to criminals so that U.S. agents might then track those weapons back to drug activity. The feds, unfortunately, lost track of upwards of 1,400 guns purchased by drug smugglers.

    Two of those Fast and Furious weapons were found at the scene of Terry’s murder.

    And for years, his family has awaited justice — a justice that didn’t come under Obama.

    But now, just weeks after Trump took the White House, riding high on a platform of border control and national security, Terry’s alleged killer has been rooted out and arrested.

    His name? Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes. He was apprehended by members of a joint U.S.-Mexico task force that included, along with the DEA, members of the U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. Great job, U.S.

    And just think. All this could have been done in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 — all years of Obama’s terms.
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    Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Says Eric Holder Among ‘The Real Crim

    Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Says Eric Holder Among ‘The Real Criminals’ Responsible

    by BOB PRICE
    15 Apr 2017

    The 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry by a 7-time previously deported illegal alien could have been prevented, says the agent’s brother Kent Terry in an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas. Terry’s family hopes the Trump Administration will now go after “the real criminals” responsible for putting the “Fast and Furious” guns in the accused killer’s hands.

    A task force including Mexican law enforcement officials, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and U.S. Border Patrol Border Patrol BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agents arrested accused killer Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, in Mexico earlier this week, Breitbart Texas reported. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas stated immigration officials deported Osorio-Arellanes seven times before he returned illegally on December 14, 2010, as part of a Mexican bandit “rip crew.” The accused killer of Agent Terry opened fire on the BORSTAR team in southern Arizona that had been dispatched to find the “rip crew” which had been robbing other drug and human smuggling convoys in the area.

    “We just heard that Brian’s shooter had been deported seven times,” Brian Terry’s brother, Kent Terry, told Breitbart Texas. “This is a death that could have been prevented.”

    The allegation that Osorio-Arellanes shot Agent Terry with a gun supplied by the U.S. Government in a gun-running operation called “Fast and Furious” made his death even more painful to the family members. To this date, no U.S. law enforcement official involved in supplying over 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels under this program have been held to account. The House of Representatives found Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to be in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious program, Breitbart News reported in June 2012. Seventeen House Democrats joined with the Republican majority in finding Holder in contempt.

    Photo of Brian Terry in training. (Photo: Brian Terry Foundation)

    “Bob, this arrest puts us another step closer to getting those accountable for Brian’s senseless death that could have been prevented,” Kent Terry explained. “But the real criminals that President Trump and Attorney General Sessions need to look at are Eric Holder, Thomas Brandon, Bill Newell, and the rest who started this scandal known as Fast and Furious.”

    “Mr. Trump promised me he would open the books in Brian’s death and now is the time,” an exasperated Kent Terry stated. “My family has waited long enough. In the meantime, I will continue to fight for Brian and Zapata.”

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed by Mexican cartel members using weapons obtained through the Fast and Furious Program.

    “Our family is extremely happy to hear of the capture of one of the subjects involved in Brian’s murder,” Terry’s sister, Michelle Terry-Balogh told Breitbart Texas. “This is just another step forward toward getting the justice he truly deserves.”

    “We want to express our gratitude to the Mexican officials and all the divisions of our US law enforcement that made this apprehension possible,” Michelle expressed. She sends a special thank you to Brian’s brothers in green who are part of the elite BORTAC team that assisted in the apprehension of this suspect.”

    “The Terry family continues the fight to bring those held accountable for the botched gun program fast n furious that killed my brother and to honor him through the Brian Terry Foundation that was established to honor his legacy,” she said, echoing Kent’s call for justice.

    Kent Terry (L) and Michelle Terry-Balogh (R) with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo: Kent Terry via Facebook)

    Brian Terry’s third sibling, Kelly Terry-Willis also expressed her gratitude to all involved in bringing Brian’s accused killer to justice.

    “I would like to thank every person involved from day one in the search and apprehension of the latest suspect,” Kelly expressed. “It does not go unnoticed that they put their lives at risk for this mission to be successful. We are closer to justice for Brian.”

    “This latest news gave us more hope than we have had in awhile,” she said cautiously. “My guard is still up with this new administration because of all the lies and cover-ups from the previous one, but I more optimistic and hopeful than I have been in six years. Brian cannot and will not be forgotten.”

    Nearly one year ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump met with the Terry family about their brother’s murder, Breitbart Texas reported.

    “He told us how sorry he was about Brian’s senseless death,” Kent Terry told this reporter after the meeting. “Mr. Trump said it was shameful on this administration for starting a scandal like this and shameful for what they’re doing about it.”

    “He also is very sincere about Brian’s death. Yes, he promised us if he becomes president, he will open the books on Fast and Furious.”

    The Terry family believes it is now time for President Trump and the Republican led Congress do deliver on their promises.
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