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Agents Slapped on Wrist for Placing College Student in Holding Cell for 5 Days with No Water, Food

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents who left a 23-year-old college student in a holding cell for five days without food or water for allegedly possessing marijuana received a slap on the wrist.

The agents, who said they forgot about Daniel Chong, were reprimanded or received short suspensions, even though the illegally detained student nearly died and drank his own urine to stave off hydration, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Justice Department told Congress that “what happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable” and that “the DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong was left to die, his hands handcuffed behind his back in a windowless cell. Someone even turned off the light halfway through the ordeal.

Chong was hospitalized for four days and sued the DEA, winning a $4.1 million settlement.

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