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Man arrested in death of U.S. border agent

Sept. 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM   |   Comments

MEXICO CITY, Macedonia, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A man has been arrested in the killing of a U.S. border agent whose death led to the uncovering of a controversial gun-tracking operation, Mexican police say.

The Ministry of Public Safety announced Friday that Leonel Sanchez Jesus Meza had been arrested about 60 miles south of the Arizona border in the town of Puerto Penasco, CNN reported

Meza is accused of killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in a firefight Dec. 14, 2010, in Arizona near the border of Mexico.

Investigators looking into Terry's killing uncovered Operation Fast and Furious, a plan by the Justice Department to allow guns to be smuggled into Mexico in order to catch drug smugglers and smash their operations.

Meza is awaiting extradition to the United States. He is one of five people indicted in Terry's death and the second person to be arrested. Three other individuals are believed to be at large in Mexico.

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