Video shows teen drinking lethal dose of liquid meth during border questioning

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A recently released video shows a Tijuana teenager drinking a lethal dose of liquid methamphetamine while being questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

Sixteen-year-old Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo died screaming and convulsing after he consumed the stimulant while in federal custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in November 2013. His family and the government agreed to a $1 million settlement in March.

According to the legal complaint, Velázquez told the officers that the amber-colored substance in the two bottles he brought across the border was apple juice he had purchased in Mexico.

The lawsuit alleged that “the two agents told a young man to drink the liquid to prove to them that it was fruit juice and not a drug,” Eugene Iredale, attorney for the teenager’s family, said in March. “He did that, and as a result, he died.”


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