Newly-released video footage from 2013 shows U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encouraging a 16-year-old Mexican teen, Cruz Velazquez, to drink from a bottle that he claimed was apple juice to prove he wasn’t lying about the contents at a border checkpoint in San Diego.
Velazquez began convulsing after drinking the substance, which was liquid methamphetamine. The border agents waited a half an hour before calling paramedics, did not test the liquid until after the teen drank it (violation of protocol) and were not disciplined. But the U.S. government paid out a $1 million settlement (taxpayer money) to the teen’s family.
The incident was uncovered by John Carlos Frey, two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker and ABC News’ “20/20.” Frey told Democracy Now! that the teen was coerced by the Sinaloa Cartel to carry the drug in the solution.
(Source: Democracy Now)