Lawyer: Big development for man DEA left in cell

Posted at 6:48 AM, Jul 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-30 06:15:00-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Daniel Chong was a 23-year-old engineering student in San Diego when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration left him in a windowless cell for four days without food or water. He says he drank his own urine to stay alive and tried to write a farewell message to his mother with his own blood.

Chong's attorney, Eugene Iredale, said he will announce "an important development" Tuesday, little more than a year after filing a $20 million claim against the federal government. He declined to elaborate.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne referred questions to the Justice Department, which handled settlement negotiations. A call to the Justice Department's public affairs office was not returned Monday.

Chong was hospitalized for five days. The DEA issued a public apology at the time.