Student Jailed for Days By DEA Without Food or Water Settles Suit for 4.1M
A University of California San Diego student left unattended in a five-day detention cell by the Drug Enforcement Administration has settled a lawsuit for $ 4.1 million, announced Tuesday by his lawyer.

"It was an error of incredible and unimaginable proportions," said attorney Julia Yoo.

Daniel Chong, 25 years, drank his own urine to survive and even wrote a farewell letter to his mother until authorities discovered him severely dehydrated after a drug raid 2012 in San Diego.

Chong was arrested on the morning of 21 April when DEA agents raided a home they suspected was used to distribute MDMA, also known as "ecstasy".

A working multi-agency narcotics group , including agents of the State, arrested nine people and seized about 18,000 tablets of ecstasy, marijuana, prescription drugs, hallucinogenic mushrooms, several guns and thousands of ammunition from the House, according to the DEA.

It was not until the afternoon of Wednesday, April 25, that an agent opened the steel door to the cell of Chong and found him still handcuffed, lawyer Gene Iredale of Chong said last year.

After his release, Mr. Chong said he was visiting a friend and did not know drugs and weapons were present at the location. He has never been formally arrested or charged, the DEA said.

During his detention, Chong had accepted death, using a piece of glass from his glasses to carve "Sorry Mom" on his arm as a farewell message, Yoo said. Chong has lost 15 pounds and was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He is the strongest person I've ever met'", said Yoo. "."Because of his case, the DEA has placed a national policy requiring each agent at its satellite offices to check on the welfare of prisoners in their cells on a daily basis", said Yoo.

A spokesman for the San Diego DEA Office declined to comment about the settlement, but told CNN that the review of their procedures and protocols has been directed and presented to the Office of the inspector general of the Department of Justice.

Since the incident, Chong returned to complete his undergraduate degree at UC San Diego, Yoo said. "He changed his major from engineering to economics and wants to finish his studies, pursue a career and help take care of his mother."
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