Second Lawsuit Filed Over Drug Searches

Nov 8, 2013

A second lawsuit is accusing southern New Mexico authorities of illegally subjecting drug suspects to invasive body cavity searches.

Albuquerque civil rights attorney Shannon Kennedy filed the new lawsuit Friday on behalf of Timothy Young, who says he was strip searched in a gas station parking lot, then taken to the hospital for a cavity search. The lawsuit claims the searches were unreasonable, and that the body cavity search was in violation of the search warrant issued.

The Hidalgo County sheriff could not immediately be reached for comment.

Kennedy has also filed suit against the department and Deming police on behalf of a Lorsdburg man who was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas, two body X-rays and a colonoscopy following a traffic stop.

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