Monday, September 28, 2015
AZMEX F&F EXTRA 28-9-15
AZMEX F&F EXTRA 28 SEP 2015
Note: very little to no interest shown by local media.
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 1:31 PM MST
Updated: Sep 28, 2015 1:31 PM MST
Ex-agent: Suspects in agent's death admitted theft plan
Written By Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A retired FBI agent says two men on trial in the killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry confessed to being among armed thieves who planned on robbing marijuana smugglers.
Former agent Todd Polley testified Monday about interviewing Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Ivan Soto-Barraza after they were arrested in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Prosecutors say they were members of a so-called "rip off" crew planning to rob marijuana smugglers when they encountered a team of Border Patrol agents in the southern Arizona desert.
A gunfight ensued, and Terry was killed.
His death exposed a botched federal gun sting that allowed criminals to buy weapons with the intention of tracking them. The government lost track of the guns, and two were found at the gunfight location.