A man who was detained for attempting to smuggle a bunch of lizards through a German airport says he had no idea he was committing a crime. The man, whose name was not released, was returning from theMiddle East, and had the lizards stuffed into his carry-on luggage. When stopped for questioning, he insisted they were just part of his diet — and offered to bite the head off one of them as proof, a proposal officials declined. Authorities believe he was planning to sell them on the black market for several hundred dollars a pop — a price that may or may not include fries.
Daniel Chong, 23, was at a friend’s house to celebrate 4/20 when DEA agents raided the residence and took him to their office, NBC San Diego reports. Though no charges were filed against him and he was told he could go home, Chong was instead placed in a cell where he spent the next five days with no human contact, no food, and no water, he says. He screamed and kicked the door, but was “ignored,” he says—despite the fact that he could hear DEA employees and others in nearby cells. By the third day, he was “completely insane” and hallucinating, says Chong, who explains he found a powdery substance in the cell and ate it; it was later determined to be meth. By the time he was released, he had lost 15 pounds and his kidneys were close to failing. On the fourth day, he broke his glasses and used the shards to attempt suicide; he even ingested some of the glass. When he was finally found, by DEA employees he described as nervous-looking, he spent three days in intensive care. The DEA has yet to apologize, Chong’s lawyer says.
A Texas teenager got locked up after he had the bright idea of robbing a cop … in the middle of a police station. Keithan Waltham walked into the Dallas-area precinct with a towel covering his hand and pointed at the dispatch window with it, saying, “Give me all the money.” The officer on duty didn’t take kindly to the request and took the 18-year-old into custody, booking him on charges including attempted robbery.Waltham wants to be released, saying it was all a big joke and insisting, “I didn’t say nothing like that — they didn’t find no guns on me.” No, you just tried to rob a police station.