On Monday, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, the last Mexican “rip crew” fugitive entangled in the Obama Administration’s Operation Fast and Furious, was charged with first-degree murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry, who was on killed December 14, 2010.
“The arrest of Favela Astorga resulted from the unwavering commitment of the United States and our law enforcement partners in Mexico to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country,” read a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson.
The weapons used to murder Terry were found to be tied to Fast and Furious, an ATF operation gone bad wherein criminals were permitted to buy guns with the intent to eventually track such weapons when they made their way to Mexican drug lords. As noted by PJ Media, the plot to arm criminals backfired:
Instead, the ATF lost control of more than 1,400 out of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to purchase. Two of the Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of Brian Terry’s death. Ostorio-Arellanes and Favela-Astorga were the two remaining members of a five-man cartel “rip crew” — a group of bandits who roam the desert along the U.S./Mexico border to rob drug smugglers of their loads, steal cash from illegal immigrants, and sexually assault women.
The scandal exploded in Washington and then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress in June 2012 for refusing to uncover documents tied to the investigation.
Still, there were no firings or criminal charges against any government officials involved in the scandal that led to hundreds of deaths.