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(LA Times)   Suggested retail price for five days in a DEA cell without water is $20 million. Let the bidding commence   (latimesblogs.latimes.com) divider line 167
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2012-05-04 01:14:10 PM
Uh oh, looks like they'll have to ramp up marijuana busts to make up for that inevitable payout.
 
2012-05-04 01:25:48 PM
I think it would be appropriate if they awarded him $420 million.
 
2012-05-04 01:26:15 PM
Still wonder how accidental this was.
 
2012-05-04 01:47:30 PM

junkmetal: Still wonder how accidental this was.


I think it was. Agent who processed him left him in a cell until another agent takes him home. The first agent assumes the second agent took him home. For whatever reason the second agent doesn't (misunderstood the message, forgot, whatever). Then everyone just assumes the guy in the holding cell who is kicking and screaming is just some nut job placed in hold by another agent. No one investigates since there's always a parade of people in and out of the holding cells, and they get the occasional crazy.
 
2012-05-04 01:54:34 PM
You know it's bad when the DEA doesn't try to shift blame or spin the story to make themselves look better. They're outright admitting, yeah, we farked up. That's rare.

Diogenes: I think it would be appropriate if they awarded him $420 million.


Nice.
 
2012-05-04 02:21:30 PM
d9collective.com
 
2012-05-04 02:38:14 PM
Sounds about right.
 
2012-05-04 03:41:28 PM
Wow. Just wow. Inexcusable.
 
2012-05-04 03:44:03 PM
I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.
 
2012-05-04 03:58:54 PM

Diogenes: I think it would be appropriate if they awarded him $420 million.


I am in complete accord.
 
2012-05-04 04:07:42 PM
i.imgur.com

Wow, I'd hate to see the other option in the Showcase Showdown.
 
2012-05-04 04:51:22 PM
Well, according to cop math that's just a couple pounds of dope.

Contract the CIA and see if they've got any buyers.

/Problem solved
 
2012-05-04 04:51:24 PM
Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.
 
2012-05-04 04:52:07 PM
Who was the agent that locked him up, Alexandra Wallace?
 
2012-05-04 04:53:12 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


You are illiterate.
 
2012-05-04 04:54:32 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


No, you didn't read the article right.
 
2012-05-04 04:54:43 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


Well since the article is pay walled, I would say they can (and will) charge him with anything to try and reduce their culpability.

Charged does not mean convicted.
 
2012-05-04 04:55:11 PM
I actually had this exact diffusion today with a couple of coworkers. My bet was an 8 million settlement. More like 50M if it goes to trial.
 
2012-05-04 04:55:22 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


He was charged with being at the dealer's 4/20 party when the raid went down. He was not charged with actually being the dealer. He freely admits he does drugs, including drugs he finds hidden in a holding cell. Unfortunately stupidity is not a capital offense.
 
2012-05-04 04:55:23 PM
Maybe that'll teach the doped up little hooligan not to huff the mariwana. I hope they don't give him a dime of the TAXPAYERS money
 
2012-05-04 04:56:08 PM

ShawnDoc: junkmetal: Still wonder how accidental this was.

I think it was. Agent who processed him left him in a cell until another agent takes him home. The first agent assumes the second agent took him home. For whatever reason the second agent doesn't (misunderstood the message, forgot, whatever). Then everyone just assumes the guy in the holding cell who is kicking and screaming is just some nut job placed in hold by another agent. No one investigates since there's always a parade of people in and out of the holding cells, and they get the occasional crazy.


... And so they didn't think the "crazy" should get food or water...?
 
2012-05-04 04:56:09 PM

Ned Stark: Maybe that'll teach the doped up little hooligan not to huff the mariwana. I hope they don't give him a dime of the TAXPAYERS money


0/10
 
2012-05-04 04:56:12 PM
I bet he was pretty ronery those 5. 5 long days.
 
2012-05-04 04:56:15 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


4.bp.blogspot.com

Unvailable for comment...because he's dead....because his meth lab exploded in his trunk
 
2012-05-04 04:56:23 PM
I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.

They'll settle for an undisclosed amount. Let's just say his working days are over.
 
2012-05-04 04:57:32 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


Actually, TFA just said that he allegedly used a powdery white substance that he claims he found in the cell, and that substance later tested positive for meth.

I don't know about you, but I think I'd just avoid ingesting anything I might find in a DEA holding cell.

Still, even if he was dealing meth, which I doubt, or even if he had been CONVICTED of dealing meth, 5 days in a cell without food or water is WAY out of line. Certainly would constitute "cruel and unusual punishment".

/maybe he would have been treated better if his name hadn't been "Chong"?
 
2012-05-04 04:58:22 PM
How u liek that drug math now, DEA?
 
2012-05-04 04:58:30 PM

The Decider: I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.

They'll settle for an undisclosed amount. Let's just say his working days are over.


Until he blows the settlement on more drugs of course.
 
2012-05-04 04:58:56 PM

The Decider: I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.

They'll settle for an undisclosed amount. Let's just say his working days are over.


But his "doing copious amounts of drugs because you were handed an extraordinarily large check" days have just begun!!!

/He deserves the settlement
//But he freely admits to liking/doing drugs, some of them pretty hardcore
 
2012-05-04 05:00:08 PM
I'd like to see the DEA agents kept in a cell for 5 days without food/water. Then fired.
 
2012-05-04 05:00:09 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


You certainly are Wee Todd Ed.
 
2012-05-04 05:00:20 PM

ShawnDoc: junkmetal: Still wonder how accidental this was.

I think it was. Agent who processed him left him in a cell until another agent takes him home. The first agent assumes the second agent took him home. For whatever reason the second agent doesn't (misunderstood the message, forgot, whatever). Then everyone just assumes the guy in the holding cell who is kicking and screaming is just some nut job placed in hold by another agent. No one investigates since there's always a parade of people in and out of the holding cells, and they get the occasional crazy.


So...it would be okay if they'd left some nutjob in the cell for five days till he almost died of dehydration? Not sure I completely follow your logic.
 
2012-05-04 05:00:31 PM

I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.


1) Being charged with a crime =/ having committed said crime. This is one of the foundations of this country's justice system.
2) Making someone drink their own piss and eat one of the most addictive and poisonous things imaginable off a dirty floor to survive would easily fall under "cruel and unusual punishment." This is another thing our society supposedly prides itself for not doing.
3) You are illiterate.
 
2012-05-04 05:00:41 PM
They should hire this guy to negotiate the price:

xfinity.comcast.net
$20 million? Hmm... well, maybe a few years ago, but in today's economy... I'll tell you what, I'll give you $5k... that's cash money right here, right now.
 
2012-05-04 05:01:22 PM
Non-paywalled report: Link

5 days, without food and water, IN HANDCUFFS THE WHOLE TIME.

Yeah, dude's getting paid. However stupid he may be, it doesn't justify that kind of treatment.
 
2012-05-04 05:01:24 PM
*Imokaywiththat.jpg goes here*
 
2012-05-04 05:02:36 PM

The Decider: I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.

They'll settle for an undisclosed amount. Let's just say his working days are over.


I doubt it. I bet he will blow through anything he gets before he is to retirement age. And by blow I mean suck up his nose.
 
2012-05-04 05:02:51 PM

3 G's: I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.

Actually, TFA just said that he allegedly used a powdery white substance that he claims he found in the cell, and that substance later tested positive for meth.


Which means the DEA either screwed up by not searching him and finding the drugs before tossing him in lockup, screwed up by not cleaning the cells well enough to find the drugs that were just laying around, or just gave him the drugs. Granted, that last option is pretty unlikely, but you'd also think not noticing you had a guy in a cell for five days would be unlikely.
 
2012-05-04 05:03:09 PM

ShawnDoc: junkmetal: Still wonder how accidental this was.

I think it was. Agent who processed him left him in a cell until another agent takes him home. The first agent assumes the second agent took him home. For whatever reason the second agent doesn't (misunderstood the message, forgot, whatever). Then everyone just assumes the guy in the holding cell who is kicking and screaming is just some nut job placed in hold by another agent. No one investigates since there's always a parade of people in and out of the holding cells, and they get the occasional crazy.


Welll... here's the thing, if I recall the story...

They put him in the cell Saturday and Sunday.. I get that they could forget someone over the weekend.

But he was in there the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.. during the work week when there were people in building already...

He was supposedly banging and making a lot of noise.. No one checked on that room where all this was happening for 3 days?

I hope he gets millions out of this.
 
2012-05-04 05:03:12 PM
People who use drugs deserve to go to prison for life
 
2012-05-04 05:03:41 PM
FTA Comments: "So, how did going to a Weed Day party work out for the dude? Yes, he was wronged by the DEA, but hanging with lowlife dope smokers brings risks. Mr. Chong needs to stop smoking dope and seek out a better class of friends."

Neanderthals like this would be shocked to learn how many professionals they know and respect smoke weed. Not to mention lots of harder drugs too. The reason they don't already know this is because people tend not to open up to pretentious assholes.

Just because low-lifes like doing drugs does not mean that doing drugs makes you a low-life.
 
2012-05-04 05:03:56 PM
I hope he gets every dime.
 
2012-05-04 05:04:15 PM

Corporate Self: I am Wee Todd Ed: Did I read the article right, that he was charged with being a meth dealer and/or maker? If so, I don't feel sorry for him.

Well since the article is pay walled, I would say they can (and will) charge him with anything to try and reduce their culpability.

Charged does not mean convicted.


he wasn't a dealer, he wasn't charged, was never going to be charged, and was in the cell waiting for a ride home. christ, RTFA people
 
2012-05-04 05:04:30 PM
Seeing as it's my taxpayer money he would get ... I'm hoping he'll get more the $5 million range.

He does need something though. That's pretty farked up.
 
2012-05-04 05:04:54 PM

PsyLord: They should hire this guy to negotiate the price:

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$20 million? Hmm... well, maybe a few years ago, but in today's economy... I'll tell you what, I'll give you $5k... that's cash money right here, right now.


"Weeeeeellllll..."
"Hundred dollar bills. Got 'em right over there."
"I think I'll pass."

Later, in the parking lot...

"I don't care what his 'expert' says, this wrongful incarceration has been in my family for 80 years. There's no way it's not worth at least ten grand. His loss."
 
2012-05-04 05:05:40 PM

digitalpirate: People who use drugs deserve to go to prison for life


oh sure. prison for life? you softie. Kill them all.

Smoke some pot to alleviate chemo therapy side effects? fark you. die you motherfarker.
 
2012-05-04 05:05:44 PM
Y'all realize your tax dollars are paying for any settlement, right?

He should get something but $20 million? Too damned much if you ask me. If he walks away with $5 million he's going to be set for life.
 
2012-05-04 05:06:37 PM
FTFA: "The DEA's protocol was so sloppy that somebody who was a previous prisoner secreted a small amount of meth in a plastic bag inside a blanket," Iredale said.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-04 05:08:05 PM

scottydoesntknow: The Decider: I hope he gets the $20 mil. Unlikely, though.

They'll settle for an undisclosed amount. Let's just say his working days are over.

But his "doing copious amounts of drugs because you were handed an extraordinarily large check" days have just begun!!!

/He deserves the settlement
//But he freely admits to liking/doing drugs, some of them pretty hardcore


Dude, he's still in college. I defy anyone here to deny they didn't like/do drugs in college, most of them pretty hardcore.

Anyway, liking/doing even the most vicious of hallucinogens, if you HAVEN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING, isn't justification for being locked in a cell for five days while you drink your own piss.
 
2012-05-04 05:08:37 PM
I think it's absolutely retarded that taxpayers are on the hook for any amount of money payable to the one person on earth dumb enough to get arrested for smoking weed indoors on a day when pot smoke is billowing from every window in the student section of town - a person dumb enough to eat methamphetamine powder because, hey, it was there. Maybe he would accept the meth in lieu of cash.

The Decider: Let's just say his working days are over.


Apparently they never started.
 
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