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DEA to Pay $4.1M to Student Left In Holding Cell

July 30, 2013  | 

The Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a college student mistakenly left in a holding cell for five days who had sued the agency.

Daniel Chong, 25, said he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from the "really bad, horrble accident," reports the Los Angeles Times. Chong and his attorney announced the settlement Tuesday.

Chong was swept up in a drug raid in April 2012 when he went to smoke marijuana with his friends. He was questioned briefly and told he would be released.

He was left in a 5-by-10 foot windowless room for five days without food, water, or toilet facilities. Chong said he went "completely insane" and was forced to drink his own urine.

Tags: DEA, Jail Management, PTSD


Comments (5)

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Sammy Albertone @ 8/1/2013 3:51 PM

Surprising that he even survived 5 days w/o water. Could easily have killed him. May well have done permanent kidney damage. Maybe the responsible officers should be charged with torture.

Lenny @ 8/1/2013 9:58 PM

That's some fine law enforcement work there boys.
I certainly hope part of the settlement included a few fired DEA agents. What am I saying the money comes from the public what the hell do they care?

Nichole @ 8/2/2013 4:42 AM

What... how... how in the hell?

Capt. Crunch @ 8/2/2013 10:04 AM

Who's on first who's on second. How about the people in the office,you would think the janitor would tell someone that the door is locked and unable to clean the room.

sherry @ 8/6/2013 10:19 PM

How could they not know he was there? Maybe that room should not ever be used if a person yelling can not be heard. Many should be in big trouble for this. Fire them. DEA agents may be dipping so they for got.

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