Feds pay off student millions after forgetting him in cell for days

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Daniel Chong, at a press conference on May 1, 2012, where he made a statement regarding his arrest by the DEA in San Diego.
Daniel Chong, at a press conference on May 1, 2012, where he made a statement regarding his arrest by the DEA in San Diego.
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The U.S. government will pay $4.1 million to avoid a lawsuit against federal agents who forgot about a UC San Diego student left in a holding cell for days without food or water.

Daniel Chong spent five days in a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holding cell in April 2012.

Taken into custody on a DEA raid, Chong was left in a windowless room without food and water. He was forced to drink his own urine hoping it would help him stay alive.

Chong’s attorney, who along with his client threatened a lawsuit against the DEA, announced the $4.1 million settlement Tuesday.

Read more at NBC San Diego.

Feds pay off student millions after forgetting him in cell for days

Updated