Jesus Favela-Astorga-Arizona-2010 (CAPTURED!!) Feb 24, 2014 11:27:59 GMT -5
Post by HeadMarshal on Feb 24, 2014 11:27:59 GMT -5
(Above photo credits: fbi.gov)
Jesus Favela-Astorga (Pictured left: STILL AT LARGE)) and Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes (NOW CAPTURED 4/12/2017) are the last two fugitives wanted by the FBI in connection with the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent. Note: I had to shorten the subject title spaces since the word character amount wouldn't allow me to space out the words in the thread title.
Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Jesus Favela-Astorga were members of a group that ripped off drug smugglers on the US side of the US/Mexico border. The group would then hand the drugs to other individuals and hide their firearms in the desert. On Dec 12, 2010, Rito Osorio-Arellanes was arrested by border patrol agents while the other five members of the group managed to escape. Two days later on Dec 14, the ripoff crew members were walking outside of Nogales, Arizona when they encountered border patrol agents again. Two agents ordered the men to the ground and the ripoff crew opened fire, some with rifles killing border patrol agent Brian Terry. The agents returned fire, wounding Manuel Osorio-Arellanes. The ripoff crew then fled, except for Manuel who was arrested.
An investigation was launched and arrest warrants were issued in 2012 for Jesus, Heraclio, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Lionel Portillo-Meza. Lionel was arrested in Mexico in September 2012. Ivan was arrested in Sinaloa, Mexico in September 2013. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years in February 2014. The case gets more complex when it was revealed when two of the weapons found at the scene of Brian Terry's murder were linked to the ATF's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation, which allowed Mexican Drug Cartels to gain firearms in an attempt to track who purchased the guns. The problem with the operation was that authorities lost track of 1400 out of the 2000 guns.
Thoughts? Jesus Favela-Astorga and Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes are still wanted in Brian Terry's murder. The FBI is offering a $250,000 reward for either of the two fugitives. I feel they're probably still in Mexico, and continue to be involved with drug activity.
UPDATE: Since the original posting above, both suspects have been captured in Mexico and are awaiting extradition back to the United States.