A federal indictment was unsealed today, naming the five men wanted in the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry during an operation being run by the AFT called Fast and Furious.
The indictment charges Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
A sixth defendant, Rito Osorio-Arellanes, is charged solely with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.
In the botched operation, federal agents allowed gun sales to those suspected of working for Mexican drug cartels in Mexico, and attempted to trace those weapons to the scene of crimes hoping to learn more about the cartel network. But it all went wrong when one of those guns appeared at the scene of the killing of Brian Terry, a border patrol agent, in December of 2010.
The events after have galvanized the border patrol community along with law enforcement officials who fear being caught up in the political aftermath of the operation which has already resulted in Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of congress, though no one has accused the AG of knowing or participating in the operation directly.