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US man forgotten in cell - for 5 days

2012-05-01 14:27

San Diego - Federal authorities said they will review their detention policies after a 24-year-old college student was forgotten in a holding cell for five days.

The unidentified man and eight others were detained following a drug bust on April 21 that yielded 18 000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons, according to the U-T San Diego newspaper.

Seven suspects were taken to county jail, and another was released, but the student from the University of California, San Diego, was somehow left behind, said Amy Roderick, a spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Each suspect was interviewed in separate interview rooms, and frequently moved around between rooms and cells," Roderick told the newspaper. "The individual in question was accidentally left in one of the cells."

It wasn't clear if he had any access to food or water.

Last Wednesday, paramedics were summoned to the cell and took the man to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

Roderick said the man told agents he had used a white substance he found in the cell, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Comments
  • Nicholas - 2012-05-01 14:59

    This makes international news? you cannot be serious!

      Neil - 2012-05-01 15:26

      This should make international news. A western first world country, the might of the USA, screws up and then owns up to an extreme case of violation of and individual's rights. It is important. Unless you don't give a toss about human rights that is. The difference between the USA and RSA I hope, is that the will be serious implications for the offenders

  • Dawood - 2012-05-01 15:53

    lucky he was is a US citizen,they remembered about him after 5 days. Foreigners are forgotten for years in places like Guantanamo. IMPERIALIST POLICY

      wesleywt - 2012-05-01 17:11

      So the support of Syria by the Russians and Chinese to murder thousands of innocent muslims does not matter to you? And please, define imperialism.

  • Leah Ndebele - 2012-05-01 20:37

    realy!how many cells are there?how many people are there?i think the was input in this story!trueth must cum out.

  • drew.stromberg - 2012-05-02 19:48

    TAKE ACTION HERE: http://www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-investigate-dea-torture-of-student-left-five-days-without-food-or-water

  • drew.stromberg - 2012-05-02 19:48

    TAKE ACTION HERE: http://www.change.org/petitions/united-nations-investigate-dea-torture-of-student-left-five-days-without-food-or-water

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