Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by James Johnson1
DEA Forgets About Student, Leaves Him In Cell Without Food and Water For Five Days
UC San Diego student Daniel Chong was celebrating 4/20 with a group of friends when the Drug Enforcement Agency raided his friends house and took him into their office for questioning. Chong, 23, was eventually told he could go home but was instead led to a 5′x10′ DEA cell where he was forced to spend the next five days.
Chong says that in order to survive he was forced to drink his own urine. He goes on to tell NBC San Diego that by the third day he found a white powdery substance in the cell that he ingested, only to learn later that he had eaten meth.
The containment with no food or water eventually led Chong to attempt suicide by using his glasses, going so far as to ingest glass from his spectacles in an attempt to take his own life.
Chong says he kicked at the door to his cell and even screamed to DEA agents who he could hear in neighboring cells however no one ever came to his aid.
Chong says by the third day he was “completely insane” and had lost 15 pounds. Chong’s kidneys were also close to failing and he says when DEA employees found him they looked “nervous” as if they immediately realized they had made a huge mistake.
Daniel Chong has hired a lawyer after spending three days in intensive care and according to his legal council the DEA has yet to apologize.