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Student left in cell for 4 days files $20M claim


Attorneys for a San Diego college student forgotten in a federal holding cell without food, water or a toilet for four days has filed a $20 million claim against the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Daniel Chong's lawyers sent the five-page notice Wednesday to the DEA's chief counsel in Washington.

It says Chong's treatment constitutes torture under the law and seeks damages for pain and suffering, future medical and psychiatric treatment, and loss of future earnings.

The move is a required precursor to a lawsuit, and the $20 million figure is the maximum Chong and his lawyers would seek.

The DEA issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for the ordeal that began when Chong was caught in a drug sweep. He was told he would be released before he was forgotten for four days.

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