Forgotten in a prison-cell for 5 days without food or water, risking death from kidney-block. Six Dea agents, the American Drug police facing charges, in 2012 had stopped Daniel Chong, 23-year-old at that time and found in his house marijuana, ecstasy,weapons and ammunition. The young man, had subscribed to the Faculty of engineering, and had said he wanted to “be stoned” with his friends but denied being a drug dealer and unaware of the presence of guns in his home.
In prison, Chong was forced to drink his urine to survive and during the days of his abandonment, had squirmed to bring his handcuffed hands so that he could engrave on his arm the words “Sorry mom” with the lens of his glasses. Once freed, he was taken to hospital where he spent two days in intensive care. The local court has already awarded a compensation fiine of 4.1 million dollars.
The six officials facing charges, received a letter of censure and one of them was suspended for five days, another for a week for not having supervised. The punishments, defined by citizens as being excessively mild, have sparked off controversies against the number one of the Dea, Michele Leonhart, first woman to lead the Agency, who will leave office in mid-May. The Leonhart was already under critiscism by the Obama Administration for her disagreement to federal regulations that have liberalised for medical and recreational use marijuana in some States and for the inadeguate punishment of Dea agents in Colombia, who participated in a feast with prostitutes paid for by a drug-cartel.