From Legal Insurrection, by Mary Chastain
Terry’s death revealed AG Holder’s gun-walking scheme Operation Fast and Furious.
FINALLY. After seven long years, authorities have arrested the man suspected of pulling the trigger and murdering Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
The gun he used belonged to Operation Fast and Furious, the gun running scheme set up under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Fox News reported:
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.
Others involved in the murder received convictions a few years ago. Fox News continued:
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.
Operation Fast and Furious
Holder’s scheme came to light due to Terry’s murder. It was not until August 2012, though, that a report finally revealed the details how those in the Department of Justice formulated the gun walking scheme.
The scheme allowed criminals to grab over 2,000 guns. Authorities have discovered guns at twelve crime scenes across America. I reported at Breitbart:
Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed in the contempt case against Attorney General Eric Holder that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, head of the Criminal Division in the DOJ, was one who knew about Fast & Furious. This report mentions Bruer was the author of an August 19, 2009 memo to Mr. Holder with recommendations of the Firearms Trafficking Working Group, which would help stop the flow of guns into Mexico.
A few months later then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, another man directly below Mr. Holder, wrote the draft for “Strategy for Combating the Mexican Cartels.” This would prove to be the blueprint for Operation Fast & Furious.
The draft says “seizing firearms through interdiction will not stop firearms trafficking to Mexico” and they “must identify, investigate, and eliminate the sources of illegally trafficked firearms and the networks that transport them.” Instead of concentrating on the straw purchases Mr. Ogden wanted them to concentrate on the bigger picture.
No one at the DOJ faced punishment. Not a single person.
I ran the Fast and Furious beat over at Breitbart, especially with the media. They ignored and made excuses for their lack of coverage on the scandal that left so many dead.
But I also made sure no one forgot Brian Terry. I grew close to his family through Facebook and emails. I wrote posts on his birthday and the anniversary of his death in order to keep his memory alive. Here are some excerpts from a birthday post that showed the world Terry was a very special man:
Growing up Brian was always interested in law enforcement. He joined the United States Marine Corp right out of high school. Afterwards he would earn his degree in Criminal Justice and became a police officer for the Ecorse Police Department. He would later transfer to the Lincoln Park Police.
This wasn’t enough for Brian. He wanted to fulfill his goal of becoming a federal agent. In 2007 Brian was accepted into the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso and would graduate president of his class. But Brian wanted to always reach the top. He decided to become a BORTAC (Border Patrol Tactical Unit) agent. These agents are the cream of the crop, the absolute best.