Border Agents Told Teenager to Drink Liquid Meth

An insight into some of what happens at the border. Meth is among the worst drugs and has destroyed too many lives already.

Back in the United States, newly released video shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents telling 16-year-old Mexican teenager Cruz Valazquez Acevedo to drink from a bottle of liquid methamphetamine at a border checkpoint in San Diego, causing him to die from an acute drug overdose. In 2013, the teenager was crossing from Tijuana to California with two bottles of what he claimed was apple juice. The newly released video shows the border agents, who suspected the liquid was liquid meth, then repeatedly encouraged him to drink from it, to prove he wasn’t lying. Minutes after the teenager sipped on the liquid, his body began convulsing, and he began screaming “Mi corazón”—or, “My heart!” He died two hours later. The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has not disciplined the officers. The U.S. has paid Acevedo’s family $1 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.