An innocent California student speaks out after he is detained in a raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Daniel Chong wants to know why he was placed in a holding cell and forgotten about. Why he had to sit in a cell for five days without food, water or even human contact?
Chong, a 24 year old university student, was told he was going to be released on 4/20 the day he was detained because the DEA was not charging him with any crime. Instead the officers forgot about him and while in his cell he had to drink his own urine for hydration an gouged his own flesh with a piece of broken glass while having a psychotic breakdown according to NBC.
Chong told the station in an interview,
“I had to do what I had to do to survive. I was completely insane.”
The DEA first detained Chong when they raided a house he was hanging out at on 4/20. The house had more than 18,000 ecstasy tablets but the DEA admits Chong had nothing to do with the drugs. After he was detained he was supposed to be released, one officer even offered him a ride back home.
Then from his 5 foot by 5 foot enclosure he was forgotten about for five days. He could hear DEA agents on the outside of the heavy door, they either didn’t hear him or didn’t care. He had no food, water or a bathroom.
He kicked, screamed and cried as the days passed. He could hear DEA agents on the other side of his heavy door, but they apparently couldn’t hear him. He didn’t have food, water or a bathroom. On Day four he broke his own eyeglasses and carved “Sorry Mom” into his arm. By Day five he was completely hallucinating and had even attempted to eat the broken glass.
When the agents found Chong he was rushed to the hospital and treated for a perforated lung, which the hospital said is consistent with someone who had eaten glass.
The DEA maintains that the incident was accidental and isolated, but hasn’t elaborated. Chong and his lawyer are expected to file a civil suit against the DEA.
Watch the NBC interview with Daniel Chong.