DEA almost kills student leaving him in a cell for 5 days without food or water
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
Daniel Chong, the UC San Diego student who was left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for nearly five days, said the time spent in his cell was a life-altering experience.
The 23-year-old spoke with NBCSanDiego and said he was increasingly worried throughout the days he spent in a 5 ft. by 10 ft. cell, where he could not spread his arms out wide.
“They never came back, ignored all my cries and I still don’t know what happened,” he said. “I’m not sure how they could forget me.”
As NBCSanDiego was first to report Saturday, the DEA confirmed its agents were investigating an incident in which a suspect, arrested Saturday, April 21, was detained at their office for several days and allegedly forgotten about.
Chong said he was at a friend’s house in University City celebrating 4/20, a day many marijuana users set aside to smoke, when agents came inside and raided the residence. Chong was then taken to the DEA office in Kearny Mesa.
He said agents questioned him, and then told him he could go home. One agent even offered him a ride, Chong said. No criminal charges were filed against him.
But Chong did not go home that night. Instead, he was placed in a cell for five days without any human contact and was not given food or drink. In his desperation, he said he was forced to drink his own urine.
“I had to do what I had to do to survive….I hallucinated by the third day,” Chong said. “I was completely insane.”
Chong said he lost roughly 15 pounds during the time he was alone. His lawyer confirmed that Chong ingested a powdery substance found inside the cell. Later testing revealed the substance was methamphetamine.
After days of being ignored, Chong said he tried to take his own life by breaking the glass from his spectacles with his teeth and then attempting to carve “Sorry mom,” on his arm. He said nurses also found pieces of glass in his throat, which led him to believe he ingested the pieces purposefully.
Chong said he could hear DEA employees and people in neighboring cells. He screamed to let them know he was there, but no one replied. He kicked the door, but no one came to get him.
By the time DEA officers found Chong in his cell Wednesday morning Chong was completely incoherent, said Iredale.
“I didn’t think I would come out,” Chong said.
He said when employees discovered him in the cell that they looked confused and nervous. A DEA employee rode with him to the hospital, where they paid for Chong’s visit.
He spent three days in the intensive care unit at Sharp Hospital and his kidneys were close to failing.
Chong and his lawyer spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the claim they will file with the federal court system on Wednesday.
“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said his lawyer Gene Iredale, who compared Chong’s experience to the torture suffered by inmates at in the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Iraq
The DEA has not apologized to Chong, said Iredale.
The incident also caused Chong to miss his midterms at UCSD. He said he does not know if he will return to school, as his perspective on life has changed since his isolation.
San Diego defense attorney Gretchen Von Helms said the victim could get millions if he files a lawsuit.
"In all my years of practice I've never heard of the DEA or any Federal government employee simply forgetting about someone that they have in their care," she said.
"There has to be repercussions if people do not follow the safety and the care when they have a human being in their custody."
Marijuana DUI bill clears big Colorado hurdle
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
DENVER (AP) — A marijuana blood standard for drivers appears headed for approval in Colorado — thanks to a single vote change from a Republican senator.
Sen. Nancy Spence of Centennial voted Tuesday in favor of the plan to consider drivers impaired if they test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood.
Spence's decision gave the bill the support it needed to advance on a vote of 18-17 after an emotional debate.
Driving while impaired by marijuana or any drug is already illegal, but supporters of the THC blood limit say law enforcement needs an analogous standard to the blood-alcohol standard to keep stoned drivers off the road.
Spence, who voted last year with critics who said there needed to be more study of the driving-high problem, said after the vote that she's become convinced that the time has come for a bright-line standard to determine legal impairment.
"I'm just sick of the abuse that the state of Colorado has taken from the medical marijuana industry," Spence said.
Spence's vote put her in agreement with sponsoring Sen. Steve King, a Grand Junction Republican who argued that the explosion of pot use in Colorado since the state approved medical marijuana in 2000 made it past time to have a driving blood limit.
"We are well are on our way to a doped-driving epidemic that will match the DUI epidemic that we had 15 and 20 years ago," King argued. He said that the legality of medical marijuana here has led to people thinking it's OK to smoke and drive.
Opponents included lawmakers from both parties. A handful of Democrats and Republicans rose in vain to try and stop the DUI blood standard. Sen. Pat Steadman, a Denver Democrat, made the point that marijuana users who legally use the drug could be unfairly deemed impaired. Unlike alcohol, THC is fat-soluble, so blood limits can remain above the legal limit even when a user is not stoned.
"Some of these people wake up in the morning and roll out of bed at 5 nanograms," said Steadman, who tried and failed to amend the bill to exempt card-holding medical marijuana patients.
The measure now awaits one more formal vote in the Senate, though chambers seldom change course after their initial debate. After a final Senate vote, the bill heads to the Republican House, where a 5-nanogram blood limit was approved last year by a comfortable margin of 51-14.
This year's pot DUI bill originally included other drugs, including some legal mind-altering prescription drugs such as sleep aids. But the bill was pared down to deal only with marijuana. That meant a big drop in how much the state estimated it would cost to enforce.
The White House has urged all states to set a blood-level drugged driving standard, though the federal government hasn't specified what the amount should be.
The fact that Colorado would allow any amount of THC in a driver's blood when marijuana remains illegal under federal law posed a dilemma for some lawmakers. One of the Senate's most conservative members, Berthoud Republican Sen. Kevin Lundberg, pointed out the dilemma before he voted against the blood standard.
"It's not that simple a situation in a state where we do, constitutionally, provide for medical marijuana," Lundberg said.
Wiz Khalifa Busted For Marijuana In North Carolina
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Wed, May, 2nd 2012 by THCFinder
It's no secret that Wiz Khalifa is a marijuana enthusiast, but his love of pot has gotten him in trouble again.
On Wednesday (May 2), TMZ reported that Wiz was ticketed for possession of marijuana after officers discovered 11.39 grams of weed upon a search of Khalifa and his tour bus on Tuesday night in North Carolina. The Pittsburgh MC was "cited and released," the site reported, but he's required to appear in court at an unspecified later date.
Just after midnight, the "Black and Yellow" rapper tweeted, "They Hate Us." He followed that up with a post that read, "Made It Out Alive," about an hour later. There's no telling, however, whether Wiz's cryptic messages were in response to the incident.
This is the second time this year that Khalifa has been busted for smoke. On April 21, the rapper was hit with a citation in Nashville after police searched his hotel room and found his stash. And the latest brush with the law sounds strikingly similar to a 2010 incident where Khalifa was arrested in Greenville, North Carolina, after authorities smelled marijuana smoke coming from his tour bus.
Last Wednesday, Khalifa and Rostrum Records labelmate Mac Miller appeared on MTV News' weekly hip-hop talk show, "RapFix Live," where they promoted their upcoming Under the Influence of Music Tour.
Wiz Khalifa's reps declined to comment on Tuesday's incident when contacted by MTV News for comment.
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