Daniel Chong: UCSD College Student Drank Urine While In DEA Holding Cell
Daniel Chong, a college student at UCSD who was detained by DEA after a drug raid and forgotten in a holding cell for five days without food or water, claims he drank his own urine in order to survive the horrific ordeal. He was quoted by Fox News having said:
“I had to recycle my own urine. I had to do what I had to do to survive.”
The 24-year-old engineering student at University of California San Diego was detained after an ecstasy raid on April 21, 2012. The raid resulted in the confiscation of 18,000 ecstasy pills, in addition to weapons and other drugs.
Chong said that federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency told him that he would be released and one agent even promised to drive him home from the DEA field office located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego.
Regardless of what Daniel has indicated that the DEA agents told him in regards to his release, he was instead left in a holding cell for five days without so much as a toilet or sink from which to obtain water to hydrate himself. At one point, he ingested a white powder which DEA agents have indicated was left in the cell. The white substance was later identified as having been methamphetamine. Chong claims he had hallucinations and was quoted by Fox News having said:
“I was completely insane.”
Chong said that the muffled voices of agents were audible from within his 5 x 10 foot windowless cell. He also claims he heard the sound of the cell door next to his opening and closing. He kicked and screamed, yet nobody came.
On April 25, the college student left without the basics in a DEA holding cell was finally discovered and taken to a hospital where he was treated for dehydration, cramps, and a perforated lung. The lung injury came as a result of ingesting broken glass. In regards to when they finally opened the door to his holding cell, he said:
“When they opened the door, one of them said ‘Here’s the water you’ve been asking for,’ but I was pretty out of it at the time.”
Eugene Iredale, the UCSD college student’s attorney, stated that his client intends on filing a claim against the federal government. If his claim is denied, he will proceed with filing a federal lawsuit.