SAN YSIDRO, Calif. – Homicide detectives Tuesday investigated the death of a 16-year-old boy who apparently drank a lethal amount of methamphetamine-laced liquid while attempting to cross into the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
The boy, identified as Tijuana resident Cruz Marcelino Velazquez Acevedo, was alone and used a pedestrian entrance to come into the United States from Mexico about 6:40 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police Lt. Mike Hastings.
According to a report from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, the boy was stopped by officers for claification on a discrepancy with his visa. He was carrying two small containers that held an amber colored liquid, and told Customs and Border Patrol agents that the liquid was juice, Hastings said in a statement.
“Agents became suspicious and inquired further about the contents of the containers,” he said.
While at a secondary inspection area, the boy voluntarily drank some of the liquid, the ME reported.
“A CBP narcotics trained canine alerted to the male and he was handcuffed and taken to a nearby security office,” Hastings said. “The male began to feel sick and told CBP officers the liquid in the containers was a ‘chemical.'”
Paramedics were called and took the boy to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.
A preliminary test showed the liquid was positive for methamphetamine, according to Hastings.