Student forgotten in DEA’s cell and drunk his urine to survive demands $20 million in compensation

Student forgotten in DEA’s cell and drunk his urine to survive demands $20 million in compensation

San Diego : CA : USA | May 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM PDT
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Daniel Chong, a U. S. student, who was accidentally left unattended in Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cell and drunk his own urine to survive is now seeking $20 million in compensation, according to his lawyer.

San Diego attorney Gene Iredale filed a lawsuit on Wednesday. He told NBC San Diego that his client is still recovering from the incident after a three-day stay in the intensive care unit at Sharp Hospital and “he is lucky to be alive.”

The engineering student reportedly suffered hallucinations and "thought he was going insane,” after using metamphetamine, which he found under a blanket inside his cell. He was found unconscious and close to kidney failure.

"He wants to make sure that what happened to him doesn't happen to anyone else,"

Iredale said.

As reported in Los Angeles Times, the UC San Diego student was with his eight friends when DEA team raided a house they were into for a suspected Ecstasy distribution operation last April 20. The 23-year old Chong admitted to DEA officers that he was there “to get high with his friends.” The raiding team found guns, ammunition and drugs.

The seven other suspects were later on put in a detention facility and one was released but the unlucky Chong was accidentally left out in one holding cell for five days without food and water. Chong was forced to drink his urine just to survive.

William R. Sherman, acting special agent in charge at DEA’s San Diego Division expressed his apology to Chong saying, "I extend my deepest apologies and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to.”

Related: Student forgotten in DEA’s cell reportedly drank his urine, lucky to be alive

Source: Los Angeles Times

JeniferLamug is based in Hong Kong, , China, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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