Cruz Velazquez Acevedo was so committed to a lie it ended up killing him. The Mexican teen crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid meth that he claimed was apple juice.
Instead of owning up to trying to bring meth into the country, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn't lying, he died two hours later.
According to The Washington Post, “In a matter of minutes, his temperature soared to 105 degrees, his family’s attorney said. His pulse reached an alarming rate of 220 beats per minute — more than twice the normal rate for adults.”
Now, the United States has agreed to pay Acevedo’s family $1 million in a wrongful-death lawsuit. The family's attorney Eugene Iredale argued that Acevedo was a good boy who made a mistake.
“He was basically a good boy, he had no record, but he did something stupid. In any event, the worst that would’ve happened to him is that he would’ve been arrested and put in a juvenile facility for some period of time,” he said. “It wasn’t a death penalty case. To cause him to die in a horrible way that he did is something that is execrable.”
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