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July 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit. The settlement was announced Tuesday in San Diego by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale. "It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident," said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The bizarre event in April 2012 began when Chong, an engineering student at UC San Diego, went to a house near campus to smoke marijuana with friends and found himself swept up in a DEA raid.
April 8, 1986 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
An accused murderer on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list was arrested in San Diego on Monday after a citizen recognized him from an FBI poster in a local post office and called the agency. Brian Patrick Malverty, 26, wanted in connection with two apparently drug-related shootings in Georgia, was arrested at 7:50 a.m. Monday at an apartment on Regents Road.
An undercover federal agent who spoke with cult leader David Koresh less than an hour before agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms launched their disastrous raid on his sect's compound near Waco, Tex., said Monday that he warned his boss that Koresh had been tipped off.
January 27, 2007
Re " 'Do you know who I am?' " editorial, Jan. 22 I fail to see the big deal in holding a badge that is only provided in return for political favors. Other than the examples of misuse you cited, what does one do with such a badge? I carried a real badge and credentials for most of the 28 years I served as a special agent for a branch of the Department of Defense, and if I wasn't on official business, both remained in my desk at the office. I suggest that if a badge is given out, it be encased in Lucite and accompanied by a suitably inscribed plaque for open display.
January 31, 1987
The body of a young, 20-foot Pacific gray whale was discovered entangled in a gill net about a quarter-mile off the Palos Verdes coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service said. "We are attempting to determine the owner of the net," said Charles Clark, a special agent for the fisheries service. Since the Pacific gray whale is an endangered species, the owner of the net could face criminal or civil sanctions, Clark said.
November 29, 1986 | Associated Press
The U.S. Customs Service on Friday fined Avianca, the Colombian national airline, $4.7 million after 293 pounds of cocaine were discovered in a shipment of flowers, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent said. The drug was found Thursday in four of 2,500 cartons of roses and carnations, special agent Jack Hook said. Customs agents at Miami International Airport check flower shipments by pushing probing rods through the boxes.
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