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Teen Killed by Liquid Meth After Border Agents Tell Him to Drink It


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo was just 16 years old when he began screaming in pain and convulsing after drinking liquid methamphetamine shortly after crossing the U.S. Mexico border to San Diego.

Teen drinks liquid meth after Border Patrol agents told him to prove he didn't have drugs in the bottle.

Teen drinks liquid meth after Border Patrol agents told him to prove he didn’t have drugs in the bottle.

According to a lawsuit filed about three-and-a-half years after his death, Border Patrol agents told Acevedo to drink the amber-colored liquid to prove it wasn’t laced with drugs, the Washington Post reports

A surveillance video shows Acevedo taking four sips from a drink he insisted was apple juice.

“My heart! My heart!” he screamed before dying two hours later, according to court records.

The U.S. has agreed to pay Acevedo’s family $1 million win the wrongful-death lawsuit filed against the agency and two border officers.

His family’s attorney, Eugene Iredale, acknowledged Acevedo broke the law, but 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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NTSB: Kentucky Truck Driver’s Meth Use, Fatigue Caused Crash That Killed 6 People

Chattanooga Truck accident, via Chattanooga Police Department.

Chattanooga Truck accident, via Chattanooga Police Department.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Kentucky truck driver who crashed on a Tennessee highway last year, killing six people, was fatigued, high on methamphetamine and failed to slow down in a construction zone, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The June 2015 crash occurred on I-75 near Chattanooga and sparked safety changes.

The driver, Benjamin Brewer of London, crashed several times in the past, the Associated Press reports. 

“Our investigation reveals how this driver’s choices and actions, in the days and hours before the crash, led to the crash and loss of life,” NTSB chairman Christopher A. Hart said.

The AP wrote:

After probably going without “sustained rest” for 40 hours, Brewer was working for Cool Runnings Express Inc., also of London, when he failed to slow down with traffic entering a marked construction work zone. His truck first hit a Toyota Prius at speeds of 78 to 82 mph, and seven other vehicles and 18 people were involved. In addition to the six deaths, four people were injured. Brewer had stopped in Florida about 5:16 a.m. and was on his way to London when the crash occurred about 7:10 p.m. June 25, 2015. Brewer was arrested in Lexington.

Brewer didn’t take evasive action to avoid the crash, the NTSB found.

After the crash, he tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the NTSB, which saidthe drug affected his driving ability.

There were indicators that Brewer was unsafe, the NTSB said.

Two Security Screeners Accused of Helping Drug Smuggler Get Meth on Plane

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing smugglers to carry methamphetamine through an airport checkpoint, SFGate reports.

According to the federal complaint, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27 of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the TSA when they allowed alleged drug smuggler, 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez to pass through security with drugs in the carry-on luggage.

The airport screeners were charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

 Other Stories of Interest

Report: Man Who Died in Border Patrol Custody Was Believed to be Faking Seizure

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American citizen died in U.S. Border Patrol custody after paramedics erroneously concluded that he was faking a seizure, according to a medical examiner’s report, Al Jazeera reports.

Steven Keith, 58, died on Christmas at a Southern California checkpoint facility about 20 miles from the border.

The cause of Keith’s death is an overdose from methamphetamine, which may have been the result of him swallowing a packet of meth that broke in his digestive system.

When Keith arrived at the Campo Border Patrol Station on Christmas eve, a paramedic was asked to examine him because of “seizure-like activity.”

“The paramedic reportedly applied pressure to his shoulder area and initially assessed that he was faking a seizure. He was then left alone in the cell and continued to be monitored via camera,” the report said.

When a Border Patrol agent checked on Keith’s cell, he was  “discovered lying unresponsive,” according to the report.

Top Drug Dealer on Silk Road Website Became Informant After He Was Busted

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the top drug dealers on the illicit website Silk Road became an informant after he was busted selling drugs, The Smoking Gun reports.

Steven Sadler, known as “Nod” on Silk Road, sold high-quality heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, feds say.

TSG reported that he was busted July 31 and “began cooperating, working for the government for the past two months.”

Prosecutors didn’t seek detention for Sadler after he was arrested.

The site’s alleged mastermind, Ross Ulbricht, has been charged.

Border Patrol: Teenager Busted with about $500,000 worth of Meth

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

What is a teenager doing with nearly $500,000 in meth?

That’s what the Border Patrol agents want to know after a service dog sniffed out contraband in his sedan at the Pine Valley-area checkpoint in southern California, San Diego 6 reports.

Agents said they found 23 packages of meth that have an estimated street value of $498,000, San Diego 6 wrote.

The drugs were found under the front fenders of the Mexican citizen’s car.

The teen was behind bars in San Diego as late as Thursday evening.

Mexican Cartels Flood U.S. with Cheap, Potent Meth from ‘Superlabs’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The good news: The crackdown on methamphetamine in the U.S. is working.

The bad news: Mexican drug cartels are fulfilling the demand by pumping out cheap, potent meth from so-called “superlabs,” the Associated Press reports.

“These are sophisticated, high-tech operations in Mexico that are operating with extreme precision,” said Jim Shroba, a DEA agent in St. Louis. “They’re moving it out the door as fast as they can manufacture it.”

Meth coming from Mexico now accounts for 80% of the drug being sold in the U.S., according to the DEA.

And it’s more enticing then ever – purer, faster, strong and longer-lasting.