Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed on duty in 2010. His death became a political flashpoint after it was discovered he was shot with a gun smuggled into Mexico under an ATF operation. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed on duty in 2010. His death became a political flashpoint after it was discovered he was shot with a gun smuggled into Mexico under an ATF operation. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol)

A cartel member suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by the U.S. government through the Fast and Furious operation was arrested in Mexico Wednesday.

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). Terry was a member of a BORTAC unit.

Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010 in a gunfight between Border Patrol agents and members of a five-man cartel "rip crew," which regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob. 

The agent's death exposed Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency 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, Fox News reports.

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