DEA to pay $4.1 million to student forgotten in holding cell for 5 days

A man who was abandoned in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for four days without food or water has agreed to settle claims for $4.1 million.

By Tony Perry

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SAN DIEGO — A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit.

The settlement was announced Tuesday by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale.

“It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident,” said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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