Getting caught in a lie sucks. But you know what probably sucks more? Being so afraid of getting caught in a lie that you’d rather take a big ‘ol slug of meth juice to prove to the friendly officer that no, you’re not smuggling drugs across the border. And you know what I’ll bet sucks even more than that? Your lack of willingness to just nut up and own it booking you a 1-way trip to the big penitentiary in the sky.

Cruz Marcelino Velazquez, 16, volunteered to take “a big sip” at the San Ysidro port of entry Nov. 18, the report said. He was then handcuffed and taken to a security office, where he began screaming in pain, said something about “the chemicals,” and shouted, “My heart! My heart!” in Spanish, it added.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s report gives no indication that inspectors asked him to drink the liquid and doesn’t say if they had an opportunity to stop him when he volunteered. Velazquez died hours later at a hospital from acute methamphetamine intoxication.

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