DEA to Pay $4.1 Million to Man Forgotten in Cell

The DEA has agreed to pay $4.1 million to San Diego college student Daniel Chong after rounding him up in a drug sweep last year and then forgetting him in a holding cell for five days without food or water.

Chong attorney Eugene Iredale announced Tuesday that he reached a settlement with the Justice Department. He didn’t even to file a lawsuit.

Chong’s not-so-excellent adventure began on the night of April 20, 2012, when the engineering student went to a friend’s house in University City to celebrate the pot-smokers’ holiday. He was unaware that the house had been under surveillance by a federal drug task force, and had slept over when DEA agents raided the place early the next morning.

Agents found 18,000 ecstasy tablets, as well as marijuana and several weapons in the home. They also found Chong sleeping on the living room couch. DEA agents transported Chong and six other people in the house to the DEA’s San Diego office for follow-up questioning.

– Read the entire article at AlterNet.



  1. Leaves on

    Quote “to be fair he looks easy to forget” – What a retarded & racist thing to say.

  2. Leaves on

    What a retarded & racist thing to say.

  3. Anonymous on

    Id love to see you punks do what this guy went through,especially the psych trama.STFU

  4. Anonymous on

    oh wah 4 mil for a few days in a cell? lucky bastard

  5. Anonymous2 on

    Hahaha id settle for that payout wonder when he gets to spend it

  6. Anonymous on

    to be fair he looks easy to forget