Forgotten In Cell For 5 Days, Student Drank Urine To Survive

A college student who was forgotten by federal drug agents and left in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet says that he drank his own urine to survive.

Daniel Chong also said that he bit into his glasses to break them and tried to use a shard to scratch “Sorry Mom” into his arm, according to a story published Tuesday in U-T San Diego ( ).

The 24-year-old engineering student at University of California, San Diego, was swept up as one of nine suspects in an April 21 drug raid that netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.

Chong said federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents told him he would be released. One agent even promised to drive him home from the DEA field office in Kearny Mesa, he said.

– Read the full article at ABC News.


Man abandoned in DEA cell steps forward

by U-T San Diego

An engineering student stepped forward with his lawyer Tuesday to say he was left alone in a federal holding cell for five days with no food or water, apparently forgotten by the federal drug agents who detained him.

Daniel Chong, 24, a UC San Diego senior, said he was swept up in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid near campus and was taken to the Kearny Mesa facility. After questioning, he was told he would be released.

Then the DEA left him locked inside a five-by-10-foot windowless cell.

He screamed. He kicked madly at the door. He cried like a baby.

Soon, Chong said, nothing made sense. He could hear agents chatting among themselves on the other side of the heavy door, and other detainees coming and going from holding tanks nearby.

Days crawled by. No food. No water. No bathroom. He remembers biting his eyeglasses and using the broken shards to scrawl a note onto his left arm.

“Sorry Mom,” he tried to write.

The DEA acknowledged, in a statement to The Watchdog on Monday, that agents left someone in a cell after a raid on April 21 — until they found him and had to call paramedics. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department said that medical call came on April 25.

– Read the full article on U-T San Diego.



  1. Anonymous on

    Probably an experiment in how tolerant the general public is of federal abuse of drug users. I’ll bet he was on camera the whole time. He said he could hear people on the other side of the door, hard to believe it was an accident.

  2. Anonymous on

    Lets not worry about punishing them since they are the police. They get to do what ever they want so lets just ignore the massive evil going on around us.

  3. bhonze on

    I wonder if marijuana has ever harmed anyone as bad as this? HELL NO! Stop the Lies Obama and listen to the science. Stop listening to Corporate America and Do The Right Thing and Legalize Cannabis. If people would get their head out their A$$ they would see Cannabis could never do the harm that is being done by our own Govt.

  4. J on

    you muppet, being there from the 21st – 25th is 5 days, the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and the 25th

  5. Anonymous on

    With all the coffee DEA agents drink it’s not surprising to me as a sober person that on the job performance of DEA agents would eventually decline to criminal negligence. Withdrawal from caffeine makes people nasty, so during the withdrawal period these drug addicts would be unfit for dealing with the general public.

    Any agent who can’t make it to work without habitually using recreational drugs (legal or not) should be treated the same as any other drug dependant person, even if that means removing draconian laws.

  6. Anonymous on

    April 25 minus April 21 = 4 days, not 5 as the “Man abandoned in DEA cell steps forward” article calims.

  7. Anonymous on

    Hope he nails the DEA’s ass to the wall