TUCSON, Ariz. — A man has been ordered jailed until his trial on charges
that he was involved in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death
exposed the botched federal gun sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Lionel Portillo-Meza was ordered detained until his trial after a federal
magistrate ruled Thursday that Portillo-Meza was at serious risk of fleeing from
Portillo-Meza is one of five men to be charged in the 2010 death of Agent Brian
Terry near Nogales, Arizona.
Authorities said the firefight that killed Terry erupted as armed men had walked
toward a group of agents and opened fire.
Portillo-Meza is only the second suspect to face justice in the United States.
Two other men remain at large. Another man who is in Mexican custody awaits extradition.