According to Fox News, the trigger man who allegedly murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 has been arrested in Mexico. “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.”
It was Agent Terry’s death — after rules of engagement required him to fire bean bags at the five drug cartel members he was facing — that exposed the Obama Administration’s illegal Fast and Furious operation by which the ATF secretly ran guns south of the border. A program they laughably claimed was designed to follow the guns through to the cartels.
The actual motive behind F&F, according to the New York Post, was about abrogating Americans’ civil rights:
But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.
A few members of the crew that gunned down Terry have already been caught, tried and sentenced.
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.
Osorio-Arellanes, who reportedly used an F&F gun to murder Agent Terry now appears to be in custody. But cartel members aren’t known for their volubility when interrogated by law enforcement. And then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for his failure to cough up documents on the illegal op.
All of which means that while Agent Terry’s family may certainly find some peace in knowing his murderer will be brought to justice, we’re not likely to know any more than we already do. At least not any time soon.