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College Student Left in Holding Cell for Five Days: Twitter Reacts

Man forced to drink his own urine to survive

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Here’s yet another reason to say no to drugs, kids. You’ve been warned.

A University of California, San Diego college student was left in a holding cell for five days after being rounded up in a drug raid involving nine people and quite a few ecstasy pills. Engineering student Daniel Chong, 24, said that DEA officials told him that he would soon be released after being placed in a holding cell. One even went as far as to say that he would give Chong a ride home once everything was said and done. Unfortunately, agents forgot about the poor guy, leaving him without food or water for nearly five whole days.

In order to stay alive, Chong had to whatever he could, including “recycling” his own urine. At one point, the college student bit through his glasses so he could use the shards to scratch “Sorry Mom” into his arm in case he didn’t make it out of the ordeal alive. Reports also suggest that Chong ingested a mysterious white powder, later identified as methamphetamine, that was accidentally left in the cell.

“I had to recycle my own urine,” Chong stated in an interview. “I had to do what I had to do to survive. When they opened the door, one of them said ‘Here’s the water you’ve been asking for.’ But I was pretty out of it at the time.”

Although he could hear voices on the other side of the walls and door, nobody seemed to notice that he was still locked inside the cell. Chong tried screaming, kicking the doors and walls, and causing as much of a ruckus as he possibly could to draw attention to the fact that he had been completely forgotten by authorities. This, of course, was to no avail.

Chong wasn’t freed from the tiny room until April 25th. Upon release, he was treated for cramps, dehydration, and a perforated lung from ingesting bits of broken glass.

Officials have yet to comment on why, exactly, Chong was left without basic necessities for so long. His attorney, of course, plans to file a complaint with the federal government.

Folks on Twitter seem to have an opinion on the subject. What do you think about this very peculiar scenario? Are Chong’s claims valid, or is he looking for a way to deflect attention away from his arrest? Let us know in the comments section.

Image courtesy of The Graveyard Shift

…Add San Diego (with China, North Korea, Iran, Syria…) to the places where I never want to be incarcerated. http://t.co/rfOl8CUA(image) 9 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Obama stormtroopers left student in a holding cell for five days without food, water or toilet. Drank own urine to live http://t.co/Ik1Zpuj1(image) 32 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

That’s flippin crazy. They’re lucky he’s alive. // RT @_RDW_ Student left in DEA holding cell drinks own urine to survive(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@joerogan @redban http://t.co/AvqNZZoi Student left in DEA holding cell for 5 days for pot. Drank his piss to survive. No apology yet. WTF?(image) 2 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

“Chong(…)ingested a white powder DEA agents said was left in the cell accidentally and later ID’d as methamphetamine.” Accidentally? WTF?(image) 4 hours ago via YoruFukurou ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

College Student Left in Holding Cell for Five Days: Twitter Reacts
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    TAKE ACTION HERE: http://www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-investigate-dea-torture-of-student-left-five-days-without-food-or-water