Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in the desert near Rio Rico, Ariz., on Dec. 14, 2010, with guns purchased in the government’s failed gun running scheme. This week, Kristi Gail Ireland, plead guilty to participating in that scheme.
Ireland pled guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting the crime of making false statements in a gun purchase. Ireland admitted that she accompanied Jamie Avila to a gun shop in 2010. Ireland admitted that she knew Avila lied when he made a gun purchase that day. She carried the $18,000 used in the purchase.
Avila’s purchase of the Brian Terry murder weapons were among dozens of other illegal purchases of firearms.
According to legal documents, immediately following Brian Terry’s murder, Avila was arrested and charged with illegally purchasing weapons as part of a criminal conspiracy orchestrated by Mexican drug cartels to acquire military-grade assault rifles and other high-powered weapons from Arizona gun sellers.
Avila, Uriel Patino, Julio Carrillo, Alfredo Celis, Sean Christopher Steward, Jacob Wayne Chambers, Erick Avila Davila, Jonathan Earvin Fernandez, Dejan Hercegovac, Jacob Anthony Montelongo, Joshua David Moore, Danny Cruz Morones, Jose Angel Polanco, Francisco Javier Ponce, Manual Fabian-Acosta, and Ireland purchased or otherwise participated in the purchases of guns from various gun dealers on behalf of the cartels in later 2009 and 2010.
U.S. government agents lost track of about 1,400 weapons sold to straw buyers in “Operation Fast and Furious,” according to news reports.