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DEA employees aware of man forgotten in cell for 5 days, report finds

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Jul 08, 2014

SAN DIEGO » A government investigation has found that four U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration employees saw or heard a handcuffed college student while he was held in a San Diego cell for five days without food or water.

The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general's office said Tuesday that the employees told investigators they assumed whoever placed Daniel Chong in the cell would soon return for him and that they found nothing unusual. Investigators faulted three case agents and a supervisor who were responsible for Chong's safety and DEA management for failing to notify the inspector general's office earlier.

The DEA declined to say what consequences the employees faced, if any.

Chong was picked up in a drug sweep in April 2012.

After he was released, Chong was hospitalized for five days for dehydration, kidney failure, cramps and a perforated esophagus. Last year, Chong settled his lawsuit against the federal government for $4.1 million.

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Bully wrote:
DEA incompetence cost the tax payers 4 million bucks and little or nothing done to the offenders.
on July 8,2014 | 02:23PM
inverse wrote:
It might not have been incompetence but a racial thing like the 1990's case of Bruce Yamashita and his successful racial discrimination suit in officer candidate school. Inouye got involved in that one. Probably why the Feds under the Obama administration paid out $4.1 million to Chong cause they wanted this case to go away as fast as possible and buy Chong's silence. Doubt it is a department wide problem but those 4 DEA agents probably were in the mold of Mark Fuhrman.
on July 9,2014 | 10:29AM
inverse wrote:
got cen sored. wrote that it might have been a ra cial thing and that is why under the ob ama administration, they settled so quickly and with so much mo ney paid to keep Chong qui et.
on July 9,2014 | 10:32AM
Jerry_D wrote:
Damm feds! Just a bunch of crooks carrying a badge and gun. If they weren't employed by the government, they'd be just another bunch of organized criminals.
on July 8,2014 | 03:08PM
Advsurfsail wrote:
They are organized. They are criminals
on July 9,2014 | 08:11AM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
All involved should be terminated and charged with criminal negligence in the performance of their duties.
on July 8,2014 | 03:41PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Screw college!
on July 8,2014 | 03:47PM
cojef wrote:
Give a person a gun and a badge and you have created insensitive creature only interested in self aggrandizement and arresting even the innocent.
on July 8,2014 | 04:48PM
false wrote:
Well I guess they assumed wrong!
on July 8,2014 | 05:04PM
HD36 wrote:
The War on Drugs had the motto, Just Say No! Well, 34 years later, we have more drugs, more violence, and more people in prison. We have an entire industry built around the war on drugs and a standing army of government workers. The legalization of drugs would ruin the cartels and purge society of the idiots. In the end, we would be a lot safer.
on July 8,2014 | 08:09PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Now Chong can buy some choice drugs.
on July 9,2014 | 08:25AM
localguy wrote:
And we thought the VA had problems. DEA makes the VA look like a good school boy in comparison. DEA agents willfully negligent in their jobs, saw nothing wrong with it, part of the "Good Ole Boy" syndrome plaguing government agencies, congress, senate. No wonder the DEA never whined when they paid Chong $4 million of our tax dollars for their willful incompetence. Then the DEA puts those same dysfunctional agents in charge of the investigation? What is wrong with this picture. No credible leadership at the DEA, no standards, no accountability. Acting more like Al Capone's gang members. Word is the DEA gave huge end of year bonuses and promotions to all those dysfunctional agents and supervisors. This is what DEA does, reward incompetence. Really?
on July 9,2014 | 09:27AM
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