Wednesday, May 2, 2012

drank his own Urine

Student tells how he had to drink his own URINE after forgetful police left him in cell for FIVE DAYS

A San Diego college student revealed today how he was forced to drink his own urine to survive after federal drug agents forgot him and left him in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet.

Daniel Chong, 24 also said that he bit into his glasses to break them and tried to use a shard to scratch 'Sorry Mom' into his arm, according to U-T San Diego.

The 24-year-old University of California, San Diego, engineering student was swept up as one of nine suspects in an April 21 drug raid that netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.

Seven suspects were taken to county jail, and another was released, but the student from the University of California, San Diego, was somehow left behind, said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

'Each suspect was interviewed in separate interview rooms, and frequently moved around between rooms and cells,' Ms Roderick said.

'The individual in question was accidentally left in one of the cells.'
Mr Chong said federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents told him he would be let go. One agent even promised to drive him home from the DEA field office in Kearny Mesa, he said.

Instead, he was returned to a holding cell to await release.

Mr Chong said he could hear the muffled voices of agents outside his five-by-10-foot windowless cell and the door of the next cell being opened and closed.

He kicked and screamed as loud as he could, but apparently, his cries for help went unheard.

'I had to recycle my own urine,' he said. 'I had to do what I had to do to survive.'

During the ordeal, he lost 15 pounds, according to NBC.

He said at one point, the lights shut off and he was left in the dark inside the five-by-10-foot windowless cell. He began to hallucinate.

'I was completely insane,' he said. 'It’s impossible to describe hallucinations like these.'

When he was found on April 25, he was taken to a hospital and treated for cramps, dehydration and a perforated lung - the result of ingesting the broken glass.

'When they opened the door, one of them said `Here's the water you've been asking for,' Mr Chong said. 'But I was pretty out of it at the time.'

'I had to do what I had to do to survive.'

Daniel Chong

Mr Chong also ingested a white powder DEA agents said was left in the cell accidentally and later identified as methamphetamine.

It took him nearly five days at Sharp hospital to recover, he said, and Mr Chong was never charged with any crime.

The agency hasn't commented on Mr Chong's claim that he was without basic necessities for days.

Mr Chong's attorney, Eugene Iredale, said he plans to file a claim against the federal government, and if it is denied he will proceed with filing a federal lawsuit.

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