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U.S. government pays $1 million to family of Mexican teen who died after border officials made him drink liquid meth he was smuggling

By Mason White 11:16 AM July 30, 2017
Cruz Velazquez,(L) Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon (R)
Cruz Velazquez, Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon (R)
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A new video that has been released shows what transpired hours before a teenager died of a overdose while smuggling drugs.

16-year-old Cruz Velazquez of Tijuana, Mexico, was trying to smuggle liquid methamphetamine into the United States.

He was carrying the two bottles of concentrated liquid meth when he was stopped and questioned by border agents at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego, California.

When border agents asked him what he had in the bottle, the teen said it was a drink. However, agents believed they contained controlled substances.

At a secondary inspection, border patrol officers Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon, encouraged the teen to drink from the bottles to prove his claim.

Velazquez took four sips from the liquid meth. A short time later, he complained of severe pain and was transported to a hospital, where he died from heart failure.

The family sued the U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the teen’s death, and the case was settled after the U.S. government agreed to pay the family $1 million.

An attorney for the family admitted that Velazquez broke the law by attempting to smuggle the drugs into the U.S. He also admitted that border agents never forced him to drink from the bottles of drugs.

However, he claims that the border agents knew what was inside and they knew what the consequences would be if the teen drank from the bottles.

Officials said that officers Baird and Perallon still work for government agency and were not disciplined because they followed standard procedure in which they hoped to get a confession out of the teen.

Their plan backfired when the teen refused to confess to his crime and drank from the “juice” instead.