The Border Patrol is finally getting some support from President Donald Trump and has been more empowered to do their job.
But one important priority they’ve had for years they’ve finally been able to achieve.
The man believed to have shot and killed Brian Terry has finally been arrested.
As reported by FoxNews.com:
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).
Brian Terry was a Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
In 2010 he and three other agents encountered a “rip crew” – “a heavily armed six-man team that had sneaked across the border and was headed to rob marijuana dealers.”
Tragically, Terry was murdered in the subsequent exchange of gunfire.
Osorio-Arellanes is the fifth of the six-man team to be arrested. Four are serving time in American prisons. The sixth – Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga – is said to be still at-large.
Terry’s death garnered national attention as it highlighted one of the first scandals of the Obama administration
The Conservative Tribune reports:
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, as per usual whenever the federal government is involved in a grand scheme, the plan went sour, and the bureau 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.
Los Angeles Times adds
The scandal captured Washington’s attention for a time, as the insurgent tea party wing of the Republican Party cudgeled the fledgling Obama presidency in congressional hearings over Fast and Furious. The furor resulted in the resignation of the head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and underlined one of the signature failures of the Obama administration. The ATF lost track of 1,400 of 2,000 firearms that were being monitored.
Given the size and significance of the Fast and Furious story, the media has been strangely silent over the arrest of the suspect.
Newsbusters provides a theory as to why:
But it’s not hard to figure out why none of [the networks] would want to cover this development for a long-awaited justice. It’s because it leads back to one of the first major scandals for their perfect President Obama.
But hopefully Brian Terry will be able to rest a bit more peacefully tonight.