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Man left in DEA cell for days says lights were turned off

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:11 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO » A San Diego college student who was locked and handcuffed in a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration cell for five days without food or water says he exchanged words with a man through his cell door just before a light was turned off.

Daniel Chong told reporters Thursday that he doesn't remember what was said. But Chong does say he spent at least two days in darkness, at times banging on the cell door.

Nobody responded.

The U.S. Justice Department inspector general says four DEA employees saw or heard Chong during his April 2012 incarceration.

A summary of the investigation, released Tuesday, doesn't indicate when the employees encountered Chong or what they heard or saw.

Chong and his attorneys are calling for the release of the full report.

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localguy wrote:
DEA is terrified of the report being released to the public, showing everyone how totally dysfunctional they are. Yes, even the Keystone Kops had better leadership. Exactly why the DEA quickly gave Chong $4.1 million dollars before he even filed a law suit. DEA knew they were liable due to utterly incompetent workers and supervisors.
on July 10,2014 | 05:44PM
false wrote:
localguy, I believe that it was more than incompetence. I believe that the DEA intentionally imprisoned Chong for some discriminatory reason.
on July 10,2014 | 06:15PM
TrueCloud wrote:
Belief is one thing. Knowing the facts is another.
on July 10,2014 | 07:01PM
HanabataDays wrote:
No lights or food? That's a slam dunk abuse case already. But five days without water could be fatal. Somebody better inventory the DEA's evidence room, I think their guys have been dipping into the PCP for way too long.
on July 11,2014 | 01:22AM
cojef wrote:
What disciplinary action taken against irresponsible agents should be announced to placate the masses.
on July 11,2014 | 07:17AM
false wrote:
An extension of Obama's thug government.
on July 11,2014 | 10:29AM
Jonas wrote:
What was he caught for? Maybe he deserved it.
on July 11,2014 | 11:04AM
konag43 wrote:
lets not judge who is right or who is wrong. but i would not be concerned about somebody who is selling drugs to our children or the ameircan people. period. these type of people do not have my simpathy
on July 11,2014 | 02:01PM
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