The Drug Enforcement Administration extended an apology to a University of California engineering student who was locked in a holding cell for more than four days and forgotten about. The student drank his own urine in desperation and attempted to kill himself, before agents returned four days later and found him, he said in a news conference covered by NBC and other outlets.
"I am deeply troubled by the incident that occurred here last week," DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman said in a statement provided to Yahoo News. "I extend my deepest apologies the young man and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to. I have personally ordered an extensive review of our policies and procedures." An earlier statement from the San Diego DEA office was less contrite, with spokeswoman Amy Roderick saying that the student was caught in a drug raid because "he was at the house, by his own admission, to get high with his friends."
Daniel Chong, 24, said that he was taken to the local DEA office after he was caught in a drug raid where he was smoking marijuana on April 20. The agents didn't charge him criminally and even told him they would drive him home, but apparently forgot about him in a tiny holding cell, where he languished for days without food, water, or a bathroom. Chong says he finally gave up on screaming for help, and eventually tried to kill himself with the glass from his spectacles and drank his own urine, sure he would die there.
Hilarious...That's the wonderful U.S. government for you, LOL.
Thu May 03, 2012 4:51 am
Joined: 28 Jan 2011
It's a lucky thing that Mr. Chong didn't have diabetes, or he would be dead by now. I can see a massive lawsuit coming out of this one, and dollars to donuts, he'll win. Brought to you by the pointless War on Drugs(TM).
Thu May 03, 2012 11:45 am
Joined: 25 Apr 2012
He should sue the government and used the reward money to build a mansion in South America where he can live with some young local girls.
Fri May 04, 2012 10:59 pm
Joined: 09 Nov 2007
This is budget cuts in action, welcome to third world California. Where was the jailer? The jailer's job is to make sure people in have food and water, don't kill each other, attend to medical problems and generally watch over the prisoners.
Sat May 05, 2012 3:27 am
Joined: 21 Mar 2011
He drank his own urine...awesome.
To me the topic is that Americans are increasingly incompetent. They have no interest in doing their jobs. They can't be bothered to work. It seems retarded to think the agents did it on purpose, eventually it would get out and they would be screwed. So incompetence is the only explanation that makes sense.
Tue May 08, 2012 7:24 am
Joined: 23 Jan 2012
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Tue May 08, 2012 9:51 am
Joined: 21 Mar 2011
Agree, attempted murder sounds about right. No excuses.
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