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Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Murder Suspect Arrested

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U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is seen in a file photo. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 11:25 AM

A suspect in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 has been arrested in Mexico this week and plans are underway to extradite the suspect to the United States.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, 38, was arrested Wednesday by Mexican authorities with assistance from Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security said, according to CNN.

Authorities said the arrest came during a joint operation at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua, two federal law enforcement sources confirmed to the network.

Terry was killed in a gunfight between U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of a cartel "rip crew" that regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob, said a statement from Homeland Security.

Four members of the "rip crew" already have been sentenced to jail time in the U.S., but one members is believed to still be at large, noted the statement.

"Under the Trump administration, we have renewed our cooperation with Mexico to better secure our border and address cross-border crime," Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in the statement.

"This latest arrest illustrates the commitment of the administration to seek justice for the brave law enforcement personnel who risk their lives every day to protect the border," Kelly continued.

Kelly said that he was "grateful" for the cooperation between Mexican and U.S. officials in the arrest, saying that the authorities there gave "critical support."

"My hope is that this arrest will mark a significant step in bringing closure to Agent Terry's family and his colleagues and friends at DHS," Kelly said in the statement. "The thoughts and prayers of the entire DHS family continue to be with the Terrys."

CNN said Terry's case heightened criticism of the past federal operation called "Fast and Furious." Two rifles from that operation were found at the scene of Terry's death, but U.S. officials have not produced evidence proving that Terry was killed with either of those guns.

Operation Fast and Furious, which ran from 2009-2011 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Phoenix Field Division, along with other partners, allowed illegal gun sales, believed to be destined for Mexican drug cartels, in order to track the sellers and purchasers, CNN said.

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