A 24-year-old California college student was left in a police holding cell for five days after officers forgot about him following a drugs bust.
The unidentified man and eight others were detained following a raid on April 21 that yielded 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons.
Seven suspects were taken to the county jail, and another was released, but the student from the University of California, San Diego, was somehow left behind, said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
''Each suspect was interviewed in separate interview rooms, and frequently moved around between rooms and cells,' Roderick said.
''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 but 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.
''The agents who found the young man in question called EMS, and field tested the substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine,'' Roderick said.
It is unclear whether the man will face any criminal charges related to the drug raid, but the DEA said he is not under arrest.
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