Student jailed 5 days without food or water. A 25 year old Daniel Chong had survived drinking his own urine to and even wrote a farewell note to his mother before authorities discovered him severely dehydrated after a 2012 drug raid in San Diego according to NBC reports.
“They never came back, ignored all my cries and I still don’t know what happened,” he said. “I’m not sure how they could forget me.”
He filed a $20 million claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, against the DEA. San Diego defense attorney Gretchen Von Helms said,
“In all my years of practice I’ve never heard of the DEA or any federal government employee simply forgetting about someone that they have in their care. There has to be repercussions if people do not follow the safety and the care when they have a human being in their custody.”
Chong’s attorneys, Eugene Iredale and Julia Yoo, announced Tuesday that they had settled that claim with the DEA for $4.1 million.
Days after they discovered Mr. Chong, a top DEA official apologized to Chong and ordered an “extensive review” of DEA procedures report says.
“I extend my deepest apologies to the young man and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to,” said William R. Sherman, who was acting special agent in charge of the DEA’s San Diego Division.