Student Left in DEA Cell For Days Wins 4M Settlement FromUS
byFree Britneyat July 31, 2013 3:34 pm
A college student reached a $4.1 million settlement with the U.S. government after being abandoned in a windowlessDEA cell with no food or water for days.Daniel Chong, DEA Reach SettlementDaniel Chong drank his own urine to stay alive, hallucinated that agents were trying to poison him with gas throughvents, and tried to carve a farewell message in his arm.It remained unclear how the situation occurred, and no one has been disciplined, said Eugene Iredale, an attorney forChong. The DOJ is investigating."It sounded like it was an accident ... a really, really bad, horrible accident," Chong said, putting it mildly to say the last,after a harrowing ordeal:Chong was taken into custody during a drug raid and placed in the cell in 2012 by a San Diego police officer authorizedto perform DEA work on a task force.The officer told Chong he would not be charged, saying, "Hang tight, we'll come get you in a minute," Iredale said ... andthe door did not open for 4 1/2 days.A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the settlement was reached for $4.1 million but declined to answer otherquestions, as did the DEA.Since legal fees are capped at 20 percent of damages and the settlement payment is tax-free, Chong will collect at least$3.2 million, Iredale said.