March 22, 2017

Mexican's family awarded $1M after he tried to sneak liquid meth into country and drank it after telling guard it was apple juice

StaffRebel Columnist

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.”

SOUND OFF in the comments: what do you think of this case?

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commented 2017-03-22 23:33:18 -0400
One less Mexican criminal, er refugee, sneaking into…Canada.

What do you call a Mexican peasant with a million dollars US?
commented 2017-03-22 19:53:39 -0400
Well a new candidate for the Darwin award, dying is so much better than being charged with an offense.
commented 2017-03-22 19:08:55 -0400
And Donald Trump is going to sign the check ? ……… I can’t see that happening….
commented 2017-03-22 15:31:07 -0400
A Million Bucks should go a long way in Mexico. There is a Meth-od in this Family’s madness.

Sorry about that.
commented 2017-03-22 15:22:02 -0400
Get in trouble F N around. Saying from my Navy days
commented 2017-03-22 15:20:26 -0400
“To cause him to die”???? The stupid kid did it to himself. How the hell did anyone cause him to die?
That’s got to go into the Darwin awards hall of fame. Duh!
commented 2017-03-22 15:18:12 -0400
He drank liquid meth? That would have been one hell of a high for the couple of hours before he died.

The government should not have paid out anything.
commented 2017-03-22 14:08:01 -0400
When I was a kid, my mother always told.me “crime doesn’t pay”. Boy, did she ever get it wrong.
commented 2017-03-22 14:00:42 -0400
This convoluted logic is ridiculous…who else is on meth?
commented 2017-03-22 13:45:25 -0400
So let me get this straight. A man illegally crosses the U.S border. He has liquid meth on him. Gets caught by police. Says it’s apple juice. Officer asks to drink it. Didn’t have to drink it, but drank it anyways. Family gets paid $1,000,000 for a crime.
commented 2017-03-22 12:22:56 -0400
Well he said it was apple juice no one forced him to drink it. so the officers thought he had an illegal substance but he wanted prove it was apple juice so he drank it to prove it was apple juice but as far as the officer’s new he might have been allergic to apple juice. So the act of a criminal who causes his own death is the fault of the American tax payers. THE WORLD IS UPSIDE DOWN
commented 2017-03-22 12:20:01 -0400
All these loser drug dealers are good boys according to their lawyers. This is crazy