DEA awards college student abandoned in holding cell for five days $4.1 million

Daniel Chong, 25, was awarded $4.1 million from the DEA for being left in a holding cell for 5 days.

Daniel Chong, 25, was awarded $4.1 million from the DEA for being left in a holding cell for 5 days.

SAN DIEGO – Daniel Chong, 25, a University of California San Diego college student, was forgotten and left in a holding cell for five days. Attorney Eugene Iredale says the Drug Enforcement Administration has awarded him $4.1 million.

In April 2012, Chong, an engineering student, was questioned after a DEA drug raid of a friend’s off-campus apartment. He was questioned and told he would be released. However, he was mistakenly left in a locked, 5-by-10-foot room windowless room for five days. . . .

Click here to read about Daniel Chong’s near-death experience.

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