Friday, July 28, 2017
ABC 2020: "Life and Death on the Border": US agents coax teenage mule to poison himself with meth he was carrying
Tonight, Brian Ross hosted 20-20 “Life and Death on theBorder”. In April 2013, a 16-year-old Cruz Velazquez appeared at the border in San Ysidro, CA with two bottles of liquid. The two border officers, a man and woman, eschewed performing chemical tests for drugs, and beckoned the teen to take four swallows. The liquid contained methamphetamines. Cruz became ill, and medics were not called at first. Cruz would die 90 minutes after drinking the poison.
The two officers are still on the job and have not been disciplined. The female officer was herself treated when the drugs splashed on her skin.
I had heard about this incident in a conversation with a Washington Blade reporter at a DC Center asylum seekers meeting in April of this year. At the time, it had been thought that the liquid had contained methanol, or wood alcohol, which you learn in Chemistry 101 is very poisonous and quickly leads to blindness and death. But I believe drug mules have actually consumed methanol accidentally and died in crossing.
Cruz would have feared repercussions for his family in Mexico from the drug lords.