A University of California student told NBC News in San Diego that federal drug enforcement officers put him in a holding cell and then forgot about him for five days, while he drank his own urine in desperation and attempted to kill himself.
Daniel Chong, 23, says he was caught up in a drug raid on April 20 and taken into custody for smoking marijuana. Drug Enforcement Administration officers didn’t charge him criminally and placed him in a tiny holding cell temporarily, saying they would come get him later and drive him home. Five days later, Chong was still in the cell, and had given up screaming for help. He tried to kill himself with the glass from his spectacles and drank his own urine, sure he would die there.
Chong told NBC that a DEA agent discovered him on the fifth day and quickly called an ambulance which drove him to the hospital, where he spent three days in intensive care because of his near-failing kidneys.
San Diego DEA agent Amy Roderick said in a statement to Yahoo News that Chong was caught in a home raid on a “suspected MDMA distribution organization” that also netted several weapons, 18,000 MDMA (“ecstasy”) pills, marijuana, and hallucinogenic mushrooms. “The individual in question was at the house, by his own admission, to get high with his friends,” she wrote. She admitted in the statement that Chong was “accidentally” left in one of the holding rooms, while eight other suspects were either released or transfered to the county jail. Chong also told agents he ate a packet of white powder he found in his cell, which turned out to be meth. “DEA plans to thoroughly review both the events and detention procedures on April 21st and after,” Roderick wrote.
WOW….I WOULD SUE THEM FOR ALL THEY ARE WORTH! BUT DANG, WHO EATS WEIRD, WHITE SUBSTANCES??? BEING HUNGRY IS A M.F.!