Weed-Smoking Student Says DEA Left Him In Cell For Days, Leaving Him Forced to Drink Urine
In a year of stories about increased problems with the drug war, police militarization, and crackdowns, this story remains one of the more extreme. Daniel Chong, a young UC student who was arrested for smoking weed on 4/20, had a harrowing experience after being forgotten by the DEA.
From the local NBC affiliate San Diego :
"Chong said he was at a friend’s house in University City celebrating 4/20, a day many marijuana users set aside to smoke, when agents came inside and raided the residence. Chong was then taken to the DEA office in Kearny Mesa.
He said agents questioned him, and then told him he could go home. One agent even offered him a ride, Chong said. No criminal charges were filed against him.
But Chong did not go home that night. Instead, he was placed in a cell for five days without any human contact and was not given food or drink. In his desperation, he said he was forced to drink his own urine.
Needless to say, there was some anxiety when he was finally found:
He said when employees discovered him in the cell that they looked confused and nervous. A DEA employee rode with him to the hospital, where they paid for Chong’s visit. He spent three days in the intensive care unit at Sharp Hospital and his kidneys were close to failing.
Also needless to say? Chong has lawyered up and will be suing. For a lot.
Update: Perhaps wisely, the DEA has now apologized.
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Source: DEA Ignored All My Cries: Student | NBC San Diego