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Mexico Extradites Suspect In Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s Murder

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Mexico has extradited one of the last remaining suspects in the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals and is set to be arraigned Wednesday in federal court in Arizona, prosecutors said. Osorio-Arellanes had been in custody in Mexico since his arrest by Mexican authorities in April 2017. (RELATED: Cartel Member Arrested In Brian Terry Murder)

“The Department of Justice is pleased that the suspected killer of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been successfully extradited to the United States and will now face justice for this terrible crime,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

‘This action sends a clear message: Working closely with our international partners, we will hunt you down, we will find you, and we will bring you to justice,” Sessions added.

Terry was shot and killed in December 2010 when he and fellow border agents encountered Osorio-Arellanes and four other members of an armed robbery gang near the border town of Nogales, Arizona. It was later revealed that the gun used in Terry’s murder was allowed to be smuggled into Mexico as part of a botched Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) operation known as “Fast and Furious.” (RELATED: DOJ Releases ‘Fast And Furious’ Documents To Senate Committee)

Of the six defendants charged along with Osorio-Arellanes, three pleaded guilty, two were convicted at trial, and one other defendant — Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga — was arrested by Mexican authorities in October. Favela Astorga is awaiting extradition to the U.S., according to the Justice Department.

Osorio-Arellanes is charged with first and second degree murder, along with assault on a federal officer and firearm offenses. His case is being prosecuted in federal court in Tucson by attorneys from the Southern District of California.

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