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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- One of the five men accused in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a botched federal gun sting has been extradited to the United States.

Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, was arraigned in federal court in Tucson on Wednesday. He was flown in from Mexico on Tuesday.

Sanchez-Meza is only the second of the suspects to face justice in the U.S. in the slaying of Brian Terry, who was killed after a shootout with the men near the U.S.-Mexico border on Dec. 14, 2010.

The case brought to light the botched Fast and Furious operation in which federal agents trying to track guns allowed criminals to buy them for weapons smugglers. Instead, agents lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation, including two weapons found at the scene of Terry's killing.

Only Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been sentenced in the killing. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced in February to 30 years in prison.

"It was a very long process and were just very thankful that Mexican authorities have continued to work with us," said Robert Heyer, Terry's cousin and the family's spokesman. "The family has gotten really good at not having high expectations and knowing that things are going to take lots of time. They have become very patient over the last 3

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