Lawmaker seeks info on DEA forgotten suspect case

May 3, 2012, 7:17 PM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter says that leaving a 23-year-old college student in a holding cell for four days suggests a breakdown in procedure and oversight within the Drug Enforcement Administration’s division in San Diego.

The DEA has apologized to Daniel Chong, who says he drank his own urine to survive. Agents told him he would be released after he was caught up in a drug raid at a friend’s house, but apparently forgot him.

Hunter says the case may be an isolated incident, but he’s concerned that it’s potentially a symptom of bigger problems.

Hunter says in a letter Thursday to DEA’s administrator that he wants a full accounting of the man’s incarceration. He also wants information about any other reviews or investigations connected to the agency’s San Diego division.

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Lawmaker seeks info on DEA forgotten suspect case