A video has been released of a 2013 incident of a 16-year-old drug smuggler drinking a bottle of liquid methamphetamines in front of authorities in the hope that he would fool them into thinking it was just juice. Hours later he was dead.
According to Breitbart:
While the case is not new, the newly released video has sparked controversy over the conduct of the officers who allowed the 16-year-old Cruz Velasquez Acevedo to drink from a bottle that they suspected contained drugs. The teen’s relatives sued the U.S. federal government and received a $1 million settlement earlier this year, the San Diego Tribune reported.
The case took place in 2013 at the San Ysidro port of entry when Acevedo, a Mexican national with a crossing card, tried to cross the border carrying bottled filled with liquid methamphetamine.
The teen’s nervousness tipped authorities off. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers sent him to a secondary inspection area. During questioning at a secondary inspection area by CBP officers about the content of the bottles, the teen said they contained juice. The video shows the moment where, in front of the agents, the teenager drank the drug-laced juice.
It is not clear whether authorities asked the teen to drink the juice or if he voluntarily drank it.