Student Forgotten in DEA Cell Gets $4.1M Payout
He nearly died during 5 days with no food, water
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 1:10 AM CDT
"What happened to Daniel Chong should never happen to any human being on the face of the planet," his lawyer says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A UC San Diego student has been awarded a settlement that amounts to $820,000 for each of the hellish five days he spent forgotten in a DEA interrogation room with no food, water, or toilet facilities. The Department of Justice approved the $4.1 settlement with Daniel Chong, whose lawyer describes his treatment as a "mistake of unbelievable and unimaginable proportions," reports the Los Angeles Times.

Chong, taken into custody during a drug raid last year, was told he was being released without charge and was placed in the small, windowless room by an officer who said, "Hang tight, we'll come get you in a minute," the Wall Street Journal reports. He was found by DEA employees five days later, hallucinating, severely dehydrated, and covered in his own feces. He lost 15 pounds and was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Nobody has been disciplined over his ordeal, but the DEA has changed procedures at its field stations.

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Jul 31, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
"No one has been disciplined." The words "government" and "responsibility" never seem to go together. Abominable.
Jul 31, 2013 3:23 PM CDT
Your tax dollars at work. Key point: "No one has been disciplined." Total Bullshit. These pricks should be in prison.
Jul 31, 2013 11:29 AM CDT
He must have the absolute worst claustrophobia case now...I was trapped in an elevator for just one night and I have horrible claustrophobia from it. I can't imagine what was going through his brain.