California Student Who Had to Drink His Own Urine While in DEA Custody Settles With U.S. Gov for $4 Million


NBC San Diego

Daniel Chong, the California college student who nearly died after DEA agents put him in a holding cell in 2012 and then forgot about him for four days, will receive a $4.1 million settlement from the U.S. Government, according to the Associated Press. The AP also reports that "no one has yet been disciplined for the April 2012 incident and no criminal charges will be filed."

Chong was arrested in April 2012 at a 4/20 party, and put in a DEA holding cell. In May 2012 NBC interviewed Chong about his experience: 

In his desperation, he said he was forced to drink his own urine.

"I had to do what I had to do to survive….I hallucinated by the third day," Chong said. "I was completely insane."

Chong said he lost roughly 15 pounds during the time he was alone. His lawyer confirmed that Chong ingested a powdery substance found inside the cell. Later testing revealed the substance was methamphetamine.

After days of being ignored, Chong said he tried to take his own life by breaking the glass from his spectacles with his teeth and then carving "Sorry mom," on his wrists. He said nurses also found pieces of glass in his throat, which led him to believe he ingested the pieces purposefully.

Chong said he could hear DEA employees and people in neighboring cells. He screamed to let them know he was there, but no one replied. He kicked the door, but no one came to get him.

By the time DEA officers found Chong in his cell Wednesday morning Chong was completely incoherent, said Iredale.

"I didn't think I would come out," Chong said.

The AP also reports that DOJ Inspector General is investigating Chong's case. 

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  1. …no one has yet been disciplined for the April 2012 incident and no criminal charges will be filed.

    Yeah but just wait until they have to pony up that four mill.

    1. And by they, you mean ‘US’.

      1. There’s solid reasons why non-cops should be held to a higher standards than actual cops.

        Top men. Fuck you that’s why. Roads.

    2. Sorry, your settlement money has been SEQUESTERED!!

  2. Obama will appear on national TV, any moment now, to say that the DEA agents acted stupidly.

    1. Daniel Chong could have been him 35 years ago when he was smoking with the Choom gang.

      I’d be willing to defend the existence of the DEA if 35 years ago they hauled Obama off into the night and he spent 4 days in solitary. Maybe he would have learned a valuable lesson of little people being tormented by arbitrary government authority.

      1. If anything he would have only learned that it’s always better to be the tormenter than the tormentee.

        1. He seems to have picked up on that somewhere anyway.

      2. If that had happened, we woudl never have heard of him. Doing drugs is only OK if you don’t get caught and then write about it in a book years later.

        And I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.

    2. That would only happen if the dude’s name was Muhammad “Daniel” K’chongo of Kenya or Nigeria.

      Seriously, based on things Obama has said about China and South Korea and the way he has acted toward those countries, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume that Obama is an anti-Asian bigot. Considering the massive Sinophobia that exists in Indonesia that a young Barry Soetoro was probably exposed to, I wonder….

      1. Going around with a name like “Chong”, he was just asking for it, really.

  3. If you volunteer to work for the FBI, ATF, CIA, TSA, IRS or local or state police agencies, you are, by definition, a parasitic pussy, a moral reprobate and pure, unadulterated scum.

    The foregoing is absolute and any asseveration to the contrary constitutes communist claptrap.

    1. You forgot a shitload of agencies:
      U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations (USFSLEI)
      National Institute of Standards and Technology Police (NIST Police)
      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement (OLE)
      Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General (DOCOIG)
      United States Food and Drug and Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
      National Institutes of Health Police (NIH Police)
      United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
      United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
      Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
      Bureau of Indian Affairs Police (BIA Police)
      Bureau of Land Management Office of Law Enforcement (BLM Rangers and Special Agents)
      Bureau of Reclamation Office of Law Enforcement (BOR Rangers)
      Hoover Dam Police aka Bureau of Reclamation Police
      Division of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services (U.S. Park Rangers-Law Enforcement)
      United States Park Police
      Amtrak Police

      I’m not even halfway done….

      1. You’re not a proper fiefdom unless you can rally your men to the King’s Banner.

        1. You know, I should take some of these agencies and pitch them to Hollywood as the newest cop drama.

          *serious music*
          Narrator: The United States Food and Drug and Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) is a Federal agency tasked with the mission of protecting us against the Amish and their raw milk. These are their stories.


          The lead investigator would be played by Catherine Bell, because tits.

          1. I’ve always wanted to pitch a reality tv show where police use-of-force situations are recreated and acted out by randomly chosen people in a controlled environment, then compare their actions to the actual event.

            My guess-far fewer dogs getting shot.

            1. Great idea. End each episode with the nut punch of how it really ended.

          2. Yes, HM, I did forget a shitload of agencies.

            Yes, I like your idea – it certainly is not unrealistic or improbable. Your Catherine Bell suggestion makes sense because, in addition to those tits, she is a recognizable name who has previously, and successfully (wouldn’t you conclude that, up or down, JAG was a success?) put a pretty face on the state’s heroic missions.

            1. Indeed. And every episode would somehow end with raw milk being splattered all over her blouse, forcing her to take it off.

              That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

              1. Cinemax needs to get in on that quality cable TV train…

      2. I find the existence of the NIST police especially puzzling.

        1. Smaller federal agencies used to rely on GSA’s Federal Protective Service for routine police/guard functions. FPS has now been absorbed into DHS, as have (I believe) some of the other agencies on that list.

          Standard disclaimers about the government not needing that many cops, etc.

          1. And the tendency to slip into ALL-CAPS ranting.

          2. Maryland, check. Broken Caps-Lock key and types as if not quite understanding the relationship between alphabet, sounds, and English meaning (possible WaPo poster?), check. Federal employee, check. Believes that disciplinary action resulting from road rage and harassment amounts to discrimination under EEO, check.

            I’m going to say 100% chance this is a resident of Prince George’s County. Maybe lives in Bowie, but more likely Kettering, maybe Seat Pleasant. Largo is also a very strong possibility.

        2. Metric system baby.

  4. This is why any encounter/interaction with the government (and most particularly law enforcement) is frightening. Even if they’re not actively beating you or shooting you, they might just go completely incompetent and indifferent on you, and they will face zero consequences. They lock you in a cage and then ignore you and you almost die? Oops, too bad! Even if you sue and win, the government workers who did it will face no punishment, and therefore have absolutely zero incentive to not do it again.

    1. Even if you sue and win, the government workers who did it will face no punishment

      They’ll get half-heartedly chewed out by their supervisor and have to redo some training courses. What more do you want?

      1. They’ll get half-heartedly chewed out taken for drinks by their supervisor and have to redo some training courses they’ll will all have a nice laugh about the stupid slope that drank his own piss.

        These people are scum. Their bosses are scum and their bosses’ bosses are scum. If there is a training day, it will be a lame fuckaround where they play grab-ass in a Hawaiian hotel and then use tax money to buy some blow and underage boywhores.

        1. Now that’s some good cynicism right there. You do this professionally?

          1. No. I’m trying to keep my amateur status in case we finally get hateful snark in the Olympics. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for 2020.

            1. You do not have to worry about making the team, you can just by-pass the trials!

              1. I consider this forum my resume.

            2. I wouldn’t worry about that too much. The Olympics are nearly all pro now, aren’t they?

              1. Wait until the Syrians, Iranians, and Egyptians start taking gold in the rifle events when they bring in their professional anti-protest snipers.

        2. Well, their bosses can’t just fire them. Such highly trained professionals would be tough to replace.

  5. You know who else drank his own urine?

    1. Bear Grylls?

    2. Patches O’Houlihan?

    3. Benjamin Franklin?


      1. One entry per postcard, Heroic.

    4. Ke$ha?

      1. Ke$ha’s a man right?

    5. I did it.

  6. Somewhere a “law and order” lover is pissed that this kid is set for life, but he deserved every penny and more.

    1. Dude smoked pot. If he didn’t want to nearly die of torture (dehydration) he shouldn’t have broken the law.

      \law and order

  7. Look, when you’re locked in the black cells, just do what Varys tells you when he comes to visit. This dumb kid prized honor above the good of the realm.

      1. I have that DVD

    1. I don’t recall Sean Bean drinking his own urine. Maybe in the Sharpe series, but not in Game of Thrones.

      1. That part was only in the books.

      2. He’s a maniac for piss. Why do you think he got kicked out of the Fellowship of the Ring?

        1. When Abrams reboots Lord of the Rings, he’ll have Boromir successfully take the Ring and rule over Middle-earth with a firm, yet darkly-benevolent-to-the-point-
          of-almost-seeming-evil hand.

          1. So, the story of N?men?r repeated. Neat.

  8. Individual Christians, as decent human beings, argue around the clear meaning of this. However, it means what it clearly says and has been used as a club to stifle dissent by Christian leadership when it suits their purposes, even if they also talk around it when it doesn’t suit their either:

    Romans 13:1, New International Version
    Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.


    1. you did this already.

      1. Multiple times already.

        In case you hadn’t notice Johnny – we might not be Christians but this ain’t a Christian bashing club.

        1. Romans 13:1-2, New International Version
          1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

          Titus 3:1
          Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,

          1 Peter 2:13
          Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,

            1. As soon as Muslims become an important voting block supporting Federal govt power, I will.

              1. Of when Muslims become an important voting block favoring cops uber alles.

              2. Really? You think “our friends, the Saudis” have no influence on the expansion of Federal power? Have you missed the past year where Obama spent his time fellating Morsi and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood? Whom has the government decided to arm in the Syrian conflict? (I’ll give you a hint; it’s not the largely secular-socialist Ba’ath party of Assad.)

                1. Our friends the Saudis aren’t sucking the dicks of US law enforcement the way many evangelicals do.

                  1. Just admit it; you’re afraid of getting your head chopped off.

                    1. I’m not afraid of getting my head chopped off. Mohammed was a child rapist and the Koran is just made up bullcrap.

            2. I want Mohammad to be a pallbearer at my funeral.

    2. OK, but so what? There are lots of sections of the bible that many christians pretend aren’t there, rationalize, or pull the old “it’s not meant literally” BS. So basically the bible means whatever you want it to.

        1. Thank you, Doc. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  9. But the important thing is, the officers got to go home safely that night, right?

    I mean, as long as the officers get home safely, all is well, nothing to see here, etc., right?

  10. “His lawyer confirmed that Chong ingested a powdery substance found inside the cell. Later testing revealed the substance was methamphetamine.”

    So why didn’t they re-arrest him!?

    1. “I’m trapped in a jail cell without food or water! Wait, what’s this powdery substance? OK, I’ll ingest it… what could go wrong?

      1. Can’t argue with that logic

        1. When you’re chewing broken glass, ingesting mysterious powders does sound reasonable.

          1. Especially if you think it might be speed.

  11. DOJ Inspector General is investigating Chong’s case.

    What will be the outcome of this? The suspense is killing me.

    1. What’s taking so fucking long? How long does it take to sort this out?

      Fuck, we do investigations all the time here at the hospital when things don’t go right. They’re usually wrapped up within a week or two, and what we’re trying to get to the bottom of is a hell of a lot more complicated than this.

      When you get right down to it, what’s to “investigate”? This is pretty much res ipsa loquitur wrongdoing, and its no secret who was staffing the jail during those 4 days. What more do you need to know?

      1. See my comment below. There should be a form-letter on the internet to the effect of: “It is the blanket policy of [Insert Name of Organization Here] to terminate employment all employees who make a $[x]M mistake. If you feel you have been terminated wrongly, tough shit. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. Sincerely,”

      2. Those hospital employees are not agents of the state, RC. Sheesh.

        1. Those hospital employees are not agents of the state, RC. Sheesh.

          Not yet.

      3. They’re investigating how to defend themselves and how to blame someone else. These things take months and months of overtime.

    2. What will be the outcome of this?

      Exactly nothing. Procedure will be found to have been followed. No single individual exercised bad judgement. Etc.

      1. In many of these cases they “review” their procedures and sometimes claim to make changes, which I find infuriating. It’s the 21st century, things like “Check on prisoner every now and then” should have been hammered out several hundred years ago.

        1. Romans something:something;
          It was all his fault for smoking pot.

  12. I don’t see how the tax payer is on the hook for this.

    They should go after the DEA officers themselves.
    I’m sure they got a six month paid vacation while the internal affairs department determined that they did nothing wrong.

    1. Qualified Immunity.

    2. Taxpayers on the hook for not voting the DEA out of existence.

  13. Wouldn’t it be a bummer if some narcoterrorist executed these agents with a rifle put in their hands by the ATF?

    1. Watch out Mr Brooks, the NSA is listening.

  14. What this place needs is another monomaniacal spamtroll.

  15. The DEA didn’t forget about him. They “forgot” about him.

    1. People were forgotten.

      1. Urine was drunk…drank…drunken…drinked… fuck…

  16. So I think that we should pass a simple law: every LEO who had physical contact with someone who wins a lawsuit against their county should be fired. Period. No taking back their pensions, no recriminations. Just fired and prevented from working LE ever again. Are some guys going to get fired in the wrong? Yep. And they can go find a different trade. (Essentially, what would happen in the private sector.)

    1. Personally, I’m inclined to punish the head of the agency. Three days to drink her own urine. How she chooses to take it out on her subordinates afterwards is her business.

  17. Are some guys going to get fired in the wrong?

    Might this inspire others to pay closer attention to what is happening around them?

    We can only hope.

  18. So a recruiter just called, she sounded like a 5’2″ big titty airhead. I laughed at her when she asked if I liked where I worked. I should have asked her to meet for drinks, shouldn’t I have?

    1. Unfortunately, she was probably a 6’4 bulldyke.

      So no, you made the right call.

      1. Saved me from my own tortured mind. I’ll go ogle a twenty-something in a tight skirt for penance.

        1. My rule of thumb is if her biceps are bigger than my calves, there’s no way I’m even talking to it.

    2. You should’ve said, and I quote:

      “Y’know, I do really love my company. But the thing is the HR girls that I’m banging are the kind that I wouldn’t want any of my buddies to see me with. What’s the talent like around your place? Pics or GTFO.”

      1. This is why posting random occurrences on this site are worth it.

      2. More like Skype or GTFO. Can’t trust pics these days.

    3. I’ve done a lot of phone support. Imagination never matches reality.

      1. And that, sir, is a fact.

    4. It is very, very hard to determine a woman’s looks based ion her phone voice. Far more women have nice voices than nice faces.

  19. Dude that makes a lot of sense

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