SAN YSIDRO PORT OF ENTRY, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION) – Video released this week shows a 16-year-old Mexican teenager being told by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to drink from a bottle which contained liquid methamphetamine moments before his death.
The video, taken at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on November 18, 2013, shows Cruz Velazquez Acevedo taking two sips from the bottle at the request of agents who suspected it contained an illicit substance, various media have reported.
Acevedo told the agents the liquid, which he had brought with him from Tijuana, was juice but the agents asked him to drink from the bottle in order to prove he was not lying, various media have reported citing court records.
The teen went into painful convulsions shortly after drinking the liquid and died hours later from an acute drug overdose.
Acevedo’s family sued and have since won a $1 million settlement from the U.S. government. The officers involved in the incident remain at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.