Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Arrests Suspect in Fast and Furious Killing

Saturday, September 8, 2012 |

By Michael Weissenstein
Associated Press

Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza is one of the five men charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout in Arizona near the Mexico border. One is on trial in Arizona and the other three remain fugitives. Sanchez was arrested Thursday in Sonora state.
Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling ring that was being monitored in the Fast and Furious investigation. Critics have knocked U.S. federal authorities for allowing informants to walk away from Phoenix-area gun shops with weapons, rather than immediately arresting suspects.

In Operation Fast and Furious and at least three earlier probes during the administration of President George W. Bush, agents in Arizona employed a risky tactic called gun-walking—allowing low-level "straw" buyers in gun-trafficking networks to leave with loads of weapons purchased at gun shops.

The goal was to track the guns to major weapons traffickers and drug cartels in order to bring cases against kingpins who had long eluded prosecution under the prevailing strategy of arresting low-level purchasers of guns who were suspected of buying them for others. During Operation Fast and Furious, many of the weapons weren't tracked and wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., including the Terry shooting.

In July, U.S. authorities made a rare disclosure linked to the botched gun-smuggling probe, revealing identities and requesting the public's help in capturing the four fugitives accused in the shooting death of Terry. The release of the suspects' identities in an unsealed indictment came with the offer of a $1 million reward for information leading to their capture.

The FBI said it was seeking information related to Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, 31, Ivan Soto-Barraza, 34, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, 34, and a man identified as Lionel Portillo-Meza, which Mexican police said was an alias of the man arrested Thursday in Puerto Penasco, Sonora. Portillo-Meza's age and birthplace were unavailable.

The other three fugitives were born in Mexico, but their hometowns were not available. Authorities had previously released the identity of the fifth suspect, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was shot during the gunfight and has been in custody since the night of the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty in the case, telling investigators that he raised his weapon toward the agents during the shootout but didn't fire, the FBI said in records. His age was not immediately available.

All five men have been charged with murder. They also face charges of assaulting four federal agents. FBI agents declined to discuss which fugitive is suspected of firing the shot that killed Terry. They also would not comment on whether the weapon was linked to an Operation Fast and Furious purchase.

The five men, plus another who faces lesser charges in the case, went to the U.S. from Mexico in order to rob marijuana smugglers, the indictment said.

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Anonymous said...

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I'd like 'this' B. Beat web site to go viral! Thanks for your presence on the internet!

Saludos

Anonymous said...

to set the record strait this reporter or reporting lays blame on Goerge W. Bush for the gun walking, lets not forget that "Fast and Furious Operation" happened under President Obama, AKA (KEEP NO PROMISE OBAMA), now i am not saying that guns never walked under Bush's Command but it is a FACT that Fast and Furious happened under Eric Holder's and Obamas Command. See the Senate Hearings on you tube...........very eyeopening.....Ms. Holder new about it and did nothing to stop it...the ATF Agents assigned to Mexico had absolutley no knowledge of the gun walking.....see HEARINGS PLEASE....see for your self

Anonymous said...

He got a eyebrow

Anonymous said...

AP, typical liberal horse shit, dragging Bush into Obama's mess. Bush's deal was called "Wide Receiver". Fast and Furious was done after, and they fully dropped the ball. Two totally different operations. And at least Wide Receiver, the people in charge actually acknowledged it. Obama's squad of jerk wads have lied, stonewalled, and these little Obama bitches are hiding behind his executive order. All Congress asked for was paperwork and emails. And they didn't even lift a finger because they knew all about it. Holder lied in front of Congress twice with everyone rolling there eye's thinking to themselves "Is this asshole serious?". Obama and Holder try to spin this about as well as when Jesse Jackson tried to spin the clusterfuck of a vote at the DNC convention to put 'god' back in the platform. Leave it to the AP to add in Bush's guys operations to try and make Obama's look like lying and defying congress is standard procedure. Now this asshole who shot the agent needs to die the same way. Faggot ass bitch gangster (talking about Obama)

Anonymous said...

where in sonora please ?

Anonymous said...

he was arrested in Puerto Penasco, Sonora.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/08/fast-and-furious-scandal_n_1866912.html?utm_hp_ref=world

Anonymous said...

And thank you for your good foresight and perception.

Anonymous said...

would like to see the straw purchasers and the officers that allowed these weapons into mexico get life or better yet death sentences.

Anonymous said...

Did you read even read the article?

Anonymous said...

Thats an ugly ass brow.

Anonymous said...

Stop watching fox news. wasn't bush the one who had to bring his lawyers when he was testifying? And who wouldn't testify under oath?

Anonymous said...

To be fair Bush did make similar programs that Obamas administration continued. This did not only happen in mexico but in Iraq too back in 2005.

Anonymous said...

Lol!!! Hell yeah! Total unibrow!

Anonymous said...

Both Obama and Holder should be on trail for fast and furious.

Anonymous said...

Something I don't understand why do the American govt allow weapons such as assault rifles, grenades, or other high powered military type weapons which seem only fit for military purposes be available for public purchase? I know in the amendment it states you can etc etc, but these kinds of weapons are only fit for military use, trained people using them, why don't they just allow pistols & shotguns to be purchased? There's enough evil people wanting weapons like these in America without the drug cartels being able to get their hands on them too. And any Americans reading this don't get offended I mean it in a serious way i'm not saying you're all idiots just wondering what you guys think, such as that "batman" killer etc...greetings from Europe.

Anonymous said...

Ok, The Hearings video:

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This is a link to Part one of three parts on a Hearing regarding The Walking of Guns from USA into Mexico. At some point later in the video (position time pointer at 1:10 to be able to follow that upcoming question / answer interaction; I suggest the entire video be watched when you have time to view it all, it's quite lenghty) a question is asked regarding the origin of most gun guns found and examined in Mexico and guess what answer is given? See the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f_dwEsrlm4&feature=player_embedded

.MP.

Anonymous said...

@September 8, 2012 12:50 PM

You should Follow the news better, the gun walking never happened. It was widely debunked last June. Republicans were chasing shadows and ghosts.


http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/

Anonymous said...

Does it really make sense to let guns walk to catch kingpins? Like if the big dogs over there use them personally on the front line. They knew they were going to foot soldiers the whole time but when this came to light that was there best excuse they gave instead of the truth. Sorry POS.

Anonymous said...

What cartel do they belong to?

Diamond Mair said...

Wonder if it's Calderon's version of end-of-term pardons for Holder & Øbama?

Semper Fi'
DM

Anonymous said...

in the bush administration, the guns were followed...holder's people never made an effort

Anonymous said...

will he be pardoned by obama before he leaves office?

Anonymous said...

@September 8, 2012 8:21 PM The gun walking never happened under Bush or Obama. The whole thing was blown out of the water and exposed by Fortune magazine last June. It never happened, no guns were "walked". I am amazed people still argue about it.

Anonymous said...

Issa's own report makes no connection between the Obama administration and 'gun walking'. The Obama administration is never even mentioned in the report. Read the damn report.

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FINAL_FINAL.pdf

Anonymous said...

They need to hand those animals...

Anonymous said...

Goverments are al corrupt all about the money dnt care about the people

Anonymous said...

UNIBROW!!!

Anonymous said...

Citizens in Europe have military grade weapons. Citizens of the Netherlands are required to have arms in their households. The USA has more firearms than most countries yet we don't have rampant gun violence like some countries that have more restrictive laws. Grenades are not legal for citizens in the USA. The fact that grenades and other weapons are in the hands of. Riminal groups re-enforces the idea that our citizens should have the means for an adequate Defence.

Anonymous said...

Bush & Cheney are bigggest murderers in the world... They got blood on their hands with Iraq. They reaped fortunes off that war.They have dirt on them anything to make a $. Don't point the shit stick!!!

Anonymous said...

@ 11:25 AM

Inforwars did post the news piece soon after sending the e.mail but unfortunately infowars used the My Fox 8 dot com version--what a bummer!--but at least the story is getting coverage. What is missing from the My Fox web site is Blogger Presence & Commentary Content which 'breathes life' into the new coverage.

B. Beat Blog Ville is my favorite hang out :-)


Saludos a todos / Regards to all

.mp.

Anonymous said...

mcallen pd and hidalgo sheriff both lie to manipulate statistics.
Amid crime drop, Texas ag commissioner trumpets border crime
September 08, 2012 7:04 PM
McALLEN — On ProtectYourTexasBorder.com, the Texas Agriculture Department’s controversial border security website, the evidence looks unmistakable: There’s big trouble on the Rio Grande.
Last month, the website began featuring video interviews with Rio Grande Valley farmers, ranchers and government workers who describe harrowing incidents along the border. Called “Texas Traffic – True Stories of Drug and Human Smuggling,” the 16-part series aims to shame the federal government into increasing border security.
“I didn’t want it to be my word for it,” said Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who’s running for lieutenant governor. “I thought farmers and ranchers telling it firsthand would be the most effective tool.”
While powerful, the videos provide a narrow perspective on crime along the border.
The state-run website doesn’t mention that both the McAllen Police Department and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office reported that crime dropped significantly during 2011. McAllen’s crime rate hit a 21-year low, marked by a dramatic drop-off in auto theft, according to McAllen’s annual crime report. The Sheriff’s Office reported the second-lowest crime rate in 15 years, which included a 21.9 percent drop in violent crime.

The Border Conspiracy: Exclusive Videos Show How One Texas County Fakes Crime Statistics to Make the Border Look Safe pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/08/20/border-conspiracy-exclusive/

Anonymous said...

With or without consent from.regardless the president in charge ,sending weapons yo track some one isn't going.to work . Is like saying lets throw gasoline to a fire maybe it will go out..no people Use Common sense. We need to start asking for people like holder commiting whitr collar crimes at such scale to go away without punishment. How CAN THE ATTORNEY IN GENERAL testify without swearing under oath. what kind of democracy bullshit is that ?
Or how about a.drug lord suing the us?
And the US got stuck when they asked to declassified documents. All the us could say to.not do it ,was " its a threat to national security " if they were to release such documents. Could've been worst then watergate.
Stop focussing on who to blame but focus on the real criminals and knowledgethe crime

Anonymous said...

The pentagon puts out tons more weapons into Mexico than the fart bag you right wingers keep huffing on with the fast and furious thing.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is WAAAY worse than lieing to the American people about WMD in Iraq so you can go in and kill the guy who your dad couldn't (and who treid to assasinate George H) and your friend could get his company Haliburton in to make unbelievable profits. Oh, and over 5000 US troops are no longer breathing because of it. Yeah, way worse...

Anonymous said...

Be it Bush or Obama this whole thing was an accident waiting to happen, knowing these drug murderers would get there hands on them, if anything maybe the cartels were underestimated.

Anonymous said...

@4:58 "uh hey der why uh do uh americans allow assault rifles and grenades herf derf for sale in Emerica?" You hapless dolt. Gun stores don't sell grenades, and "assault rifles" are either neutered or outlawed in almost every state. The versions for sale are very very different from military models...even in Texas and Az. Idiots like to think that cartels are using guns bought from American stores exclusively. That is not the case at all. There are also many practical uses for AR-15's and AK variants to the private collector: one being defense. I dont apologize for owning guns, nor for guns designed to kill people. If Mexico had more US 'like' gun laws, there would be less impunity on the part of their criminals. ,

Anonymous said...

It seems quiet around here, and then It became obvious to me,Chivis isn't saying anything. It seems quiet as I said. Where is everyone? Where are the stories? This blows without the usual 'know most of everything' putting in their dos centavos. Sometimes you don't know how good it was until it is gone.

Anonymous said...

They let guns walk so in mexico it would be an easy figjt in the 90s the gulf thefederation and tiajuna cartels had more military connections then blo,and juarez were weeker so when the gulf split the zs zs went to north mexico blo got cool to keep all other cartels from the border thats when jurarez joined zs too so too fight a cartel with three factions so they sold the gulf and the fedwration too insure a fight too weaken all the cartels but wat the gov did not count on was the zs moving to centra america maybe guatemala just my opinion anyone else got suggestions

Anonymous said...

Obama and Eric Holder should be charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Mr. Terry was killed by guns they gave to these gangsters. How did they plan on "tracking" these guns once they were in mexico in the sicarios hands?? Amazing really...if there was any justice left in this world Eric Holder would be on trial as well as Obama. They are fueling the drug war. Ask any liberal about fast and furious and they will tell you they thought the movie was cool. Thats how clueless and brainwashed they are by our socialist government.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he's a Anthony Davis fan. Fear the brow lol

Anonymous said...

That dude has a nice unibrow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fear the brow

Anonymous said...

September 9, 2012 12:26 PM
"Mind your business. You are in no position to squawk about anything"
Motherfucker couldnt help yourself could you?
Dude said he meant no offense,he from Europe trying to find shit out,and he gotta deal with a fuckin clown like you.A motherfucker with a big mouth.You the type scream shit at TVs,but dont say shit on the street.Do you post like this to Mexicans who ask qustions too?
What a bitch you are.People aint gonna learn shit from bitches with big mouths like you.
Take no notice of pricks like this clown,not everyone is like him."Squawk"What a fuckin clown.

Anonymous said...

12:26 PM
"Europe - you and your EU haven't screwed things up enough"
Fuckin bitch with a big mouth.Do you even know where Europe is,you fuckin skank.Guy asks a question,and pussies like this come from under the rock.Sad little bitch.No wonder we argue with Mexicans with pussies like this,always shouting with their big mouths about shit they know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

Greetings 9:28 AM Sept 9,

Chivis was doing a ton of work and may be just taking a well-deserved break. Whatever the case may be Chivis will be remembered and valued by those who mingled with that reporter's posts leaving commentaries and asking questions with the many Chivis Replies

You've notice that Buggs is doing 99 % of the work now? That means it's turned into an overtime job with just one person trying to keep up. You do excellent work Buggs but I hope you get some input & relief from other reporters soon, we can't do the same thing all day every day or we'll fall off the edge.

mp

Anonymous said...

You mad tough guy?! Jajajaja

Anonymous said...

@12:26... *sigh* I am encouraged by the fact that the only time I get an attack post, it's always some illiterate fool talking about "street, and respect blah blah blah". You are part of the problem. Right now people have more resources than ever before, yet many are still uninformed morons like yourself.
It tickles my pride to know that the dregs of the world and myself do not see eye to eye. And for the record, I am not at all afraid to say my real feelings because I'm a well travelled and educated man with a concealed carry permit. The reason I patronized and snapped at euro boy was simple, he wants to have an opinion, the info is freely available, but he doesn't inform himself ; thus he thinks grenades and machine guns are available at gun stores. Ignorance is no excuse anymore...the stakes are too high. But thanks to people like you, the struggle goes on. Please read a book Byron.

Anonymous said...

Fear not. I have tweezers

Anonymous said...

September 9, 2012 3:15 PM
"illiterate fool talking about "street, and respect blah blah blah"
You'll always be a scared little man to me.
Man,you probably female,the way you talk,i bet you say shit on the street dont you?With the pretend mexican,you cool.
Dont forget and have your spell checker on there"dude"

Anonymous said...

wtf did you just say? try using proper english and periods, jesus...

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you around m.p.(optimistic as always) I haven't forget; that beer is still on ice...saludos 7:13

Anonymous said...

JESUS LEONEL SANCHEZ MEZA has been Detained...but at this moment in time unfortunately the UNI-BROW is still at large,anyone persons upon seeing UNI-BROW please do not aproach,for it is highly volatile this moment...due too falling off Jesus sanchez meza's forehead.

Anonymous said...

Mundonarco administrate assasinated in culiacan today

Anonymous said...

Don't have spell check on my phone there needles. You my friend are a perfect victim. You are easily led down any path laid before you because your priorities in life are to sound tough and stupid at all cost. I have bruised my knuckles and bloodied my shoes on many a bald headed fools like yourself Fredo.
As for the problem in Mexico, it's gonna take a lot of changes and a lot of time. There will always be little dicked macho men who want to shoot their way to success. They are too stupid to be reasoned with and the only answer is an informed and armed middle class. Mexico hasn't had a middle class...ever. It's a shame that opportunistic criminals have seized on such a vulnerable state. I hope that there will be a radical push toward arming the people who need to defend themselves and disarming those who prey on others.
Hopefully the USA will participate, but ultimately this is Mexico's problem. Drugs come from the South and arms from both north and south. The violence is a symptom not the problem. Drugs need to be legalized, weapons legalized and registered to law abiding citizens. The public needs to band together and kick out the corrupt political machine. It's going to take forever and a miracle, but it can be done. The only thing holding it back are idiots with clinched fists and limp dicks...like my buddy here I've been 'conversatin' with yo. Hey stupid, what set you claim...g?

Anonymous said...

Dem eyebrowss lmfaooo

Anonymous said...

Bush, Holder, Obama and Calderon they all get a piece of the pie (drug money)... Drugs and guns are gonna be around forever.... It's a good money making business , there's no good guys on this..

Anonymous said...

Take your two posts and go to bed!! You've been howling at the moon all night and it's daybreak.

Anonymous said...

When a kingpin is taken out it causes chaos within the ranks. The minions scurry to fill the void and to rake in the easy money. For this reason, we should leave Eric Holder in place. LOL

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