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Student Held for 5 Days Sues DEA

A UC San Diego student allegedly held for five days without food or water filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Agency, saying the imprisonment qualifies as torture. Daniel Chong, 23, was arrested on April 21 in a drug raid, and then he alleges that he was taken to a holding cell without food, water or a bathroom. He said he survived by drinking his own urine and ate his own glasses during a hallucination brought on by severe dehydration. He was discovered on April 25, when he was taken to a hospital and then spent five days in recovery. While the DEA has declined to answer specific questions on the incident, it issued a statement to the Watchdog earlier this week acknowledging the mistake.

May 3, 2012 6:57 AM