College student forgotten in DEA cell for four days without food, water, toilet

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  1. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    http://www.tampabay.com/news/public...cell-for-four-days-without-food-water/1228134

    SAN DIEGO — A California engineering student says he was left alone in a federal holding cell for four days with no food or water, apparently forgotten by the federal drug agents who detained him.

    Daniel Chong, a senior at the University of California at San Diego, said he was swept up in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid near campus and was taken to a detention facility. After questioning, he was told he would be released.

    Then the DEA left him locked inside a 5-by-10-foot windowless cell.

    He screamed. He kicked madly at the door. He cried like a baby......

    "It's impossible to describe hallucinations like these," he said. "I was completely insane."

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    Chong was rushed to a nearby hospital where he spent five more days recovering from problems including kidney failure, dehydration and a perforated esophagus that was the result of swallowing the broken glass.

    He was not charged with any crimes.
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    Chong's attorneys filed a $20 million claim against the DEA on Wednesday, saying his treatment constitutes torture under U.S. and international law.


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  3. Gardenlady

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    Horrendous...and frightening. This poor young man will likely suffer from PTSD or similar for years after an experience like this.

    And all because he went to smoke some pot. Yeah, I realize there was a weapons and E bust at the house, but damn. We really need to rethink the insanity that is the "war on drugs", IMO.
     
  4. Jan

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    I hope his jailors have to pay him plenty for what they did to him, and pay his medical expenses too.
     
  5. keeponsearching

    keeponsearching The mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood it

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    WOW WOW WOW. What a nightmare for this poor man. I actually have no words. Looks like to me some agents need to be removed. I am glad he is suing, and the DEA is looking into new procedures.
     
  6. drip~drop

    drip~drop kiss a fuzzie

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    Where'd the glass come from?
    I heard he had meth in the room and ate some of that. I'll say imo cuz that was in another article I read but can't remember where.
    That would have made me crazy too. I hope Mr. Chong gets compensated for the DEA's HUGE mistake.
     
  7. Reader

    Reader New Member

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    From the article:

     
  8. raindrops300

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    From link:


    "In utter confusion, Chong said, he ate some of the broken glass he had used to slice his arm. He also ingested a white powdery substance the DEA said had been left in the cell inadvertently."

    I understand that the broken glass came from his eyeglasses, but I'm puzzled as to why/how meth was inadvertently left in the cell, apparently by the DEA. So they just leave it laying around?? Makes no sense to me.

    Poor guy.
     
  9. not_my_kids

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    So, the DEA left drugs (maybe drugs) in a holding cell. Huge mistake one and two. I count it as two, because not only were there drugs available to anyone later in that cell, they let someone walk on the charge of bringing drugs into a federal facility. Mistake three, they nearly killed a guy by locking him in a cell and just forgetting about it.

    And people ask why I don't trust the government...right here, folks.
     

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