A San Diego college student revealed today how he was forced to drink his own urine to survive after federal drug agents forgot him and left him in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet.
Daniel Chong, 24 also said that he bit into his glasses to break them and tried to use a shard to scratch ‘Sorry Mom’ into his arm, according to U-T San Diego.
The 24-year-old University of California, San Diego, engineering student was swept up as one of nine suspects in an April 21 drug raid that netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.
Outraged: San Diego student Daniel Chong 24, was left in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet
Mr Chong and eight others were detained following a drug bust on April 21 that yielded 18,000 ecstasy pills
Seven suspects were taken to county jail, and another was released, but the student from the University of California, San Diego, was somehow left behind, said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
‘Each suspect was interviewed in separate interview rooms, and frequently moved around between rooms and cells,’ Ms Roderick said.
‘The individual in question was accidentally left in one of the cells.’
Mr Chong said federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents told him he would be let go. One agent even promised to drive him home from the DEA field office in Kearny Mesa, he said.
Instead, he was returned to a holding cell to await release.
Mr Chong said he could hear the muffled voices of agents outside his five-by-10-foot windowless cell and the door of the next cell being opened and closed.