Border agents ‘encourage Mexican teen to drink from two bottles of concentrated liquid methamphetamine’ hours before he died

Shocking surveillance video captures the moment two border patrol officers ‘encouraging a Mexican teen to drink from two bottles of liquid meth’ hours before he died

Cruz Velazquez, 16, died after drinking from two bottles that contained liquid meth in 2013 while being questioned by border agents

Recently released government surveillance footage shows the moment officers Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon appear to encourage the teen to drink from bottles

Video shows Velazquez taking four sips from two bottles of the liquid meth

Within 30 minutes he then became distressed and was transported to a hospital where he died

Baird and Perallon still work for government agency and were not disciplined 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection paid $1million ‘blood money’ to teen’s family as settlement 

The high school student can be seen in the video taking two drinks from one bottle and then another two drinks from the second bottle, as the officers smile.jpgPhoto highlights the chilling moment high school student Cruz Velazquez actually sips twice from one bottle and then another two drinks from the second bottle, as the officers smile

A recently released surveillance video shows two border patrol officers encouraging a Mexican teen to drink from two bottles of liquid meth at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing just hours before he died.The shocking government surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows Cruz Velazquez, 16, being questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon in 2013.

Two border patrol officers encouraging Mexican teen Cruz Velazquez (above) to drink from two bottles of liquid meth at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing just hours before he died in 2013 - 1.pngThe recently released surveillance video shows Baird and Perallon the two border patrol officers on duty, encouraging Mexican teen Cruz Velazquez [photo in white] to drink from two bottles of liquid meth at the U.S.-Mexico border crossing just hours before he died in 2013

Velazquez was trying to carry two bottles across the border that later tests revealed that they contained concentrated liquid methamphetamine.
Baird can be shown making a motion with her right hand apparently suggesting to the teen to drink from the bottle.
The high school student can be seen in the video taking two drinks from one bottle and then another two drinks from the second bottle, as the officers, who are smiling, appear to repeatedly encourage Velazquez with hand gestures.


The government surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows the shocking sequence of events
   The shocking government surveillance video obtained by ABC News shows Cruz Velazquez, 16, being questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers Valerie Baird [left] and Adrian Perallon .pngA still from the surveillance video shows Cruz Velazquez, being questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers Valerie Baird (left) and Adrian Perallon (right) 
Roughly 30 minutes after drinking from the bottles, Velazquez appears to be in distress in another surveillance video clip.

A specially trained dog detected the presence of drugs, so agents handcuffed the boy and detained him. He soon began complaining that he felt sick and then told agents the liquid was a ‘chemical.’
He was taken to the nearby Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, where he died hours later.
Baird and Perallon both remain on the job and no disciplinary action was taken against them.
The teen’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the officers and the agency, claiming that the two officers’ actions led to Velazquez’s death.

Velazquez was trying to carry two bottles across the border that later tests revealed they contained concentrated liquid methamphetamine.pngVelazquez was trying to carry two bottles across the border that later tests revealed they contained concentrated liquid methamphetamine. Here agent Valerie Baird appears to be indicating that the teen drink from the bottle
Velazquez was trying to carry two bottles across the border that later tests revealed they contained concentrated liquid methamphetamine. Baird can be shown making a motion with her right hand apparently suggesting to the teen to drink from the bottle.

As the high school student can be seen in the video taking two drinks from one bottle and then another two drinks from the second bottle,  the officers appeared to be smile.

Roughly 30 minutes after drinking from the bottles, Velazquez appears to be in distress in another surveillance video clip8.pngWithin 30 minutes of drinking from the bottles, Velazquez appears to be in distress another surveillance video clip shows

‘What you see, I think, is a basic lack of compassion and decency toward a 16-year-old boy,’ Gene Iredale, the San Diego-based attorney who represented the Velazquez family told ABC News.
‘Almost a delight that you would see in children who just pull the wings off flies slowly, a smile when he’s being asked to drink something and being put in this position.’
James Tomsheck,  a former head of internal affairs at the CPB, told ABC News that Baird and Perallon violated agency protocols by permitting Velazquez to drink from the bottles.

Cruz Velazquez 1.jpgCruz Velazquez‘s [photo] family filed a civil lawsuit against the officers and the agency, claiming that the two officers’ actions led to the teen’s deathU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon in 2013 - 1.pngAfter what can at best be described as callous indifference Valerie Baird [left] and Adrain Perallon [right] both remain on the job and no disciplinary action was taken against them, although the U.S. government agency eventually paid $1million to settle the lawsuit with cruz’s family

However officers Baird and Perallon both remain on the job and no disciplinary action was taken against them. The government agency eventually paid $1million to settle the lawsuit with the teen’s family

‘If they truly suspected there was a controlled substance in the bottle, they should’ve conducted a field test,’ Tomsheck told ABC News.
Baird and Perallon denied to ABC News through their attorneys that they asked the teen to drink from the bottle.
Perallon claimed that the teen ‘volunteered’ to take a drink.
The CBP issued a statement to ABC News and said: ‘CBP takes all allegations of mistreatment seriously, and does not tolerate actions that are not consistent with our core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity.’
The government agency eventually paid $1million to settle the lawsuit with the teen’s family.

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