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New lawsuit alleges illegal NM body cavity search

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Another lawsuit has been filed over a body cavity search by a New Mexico law enforcement agency along the border.

In the latest filing, a New Mexico woman says in a federal lawsuit that police illegally took her car in the town of Lordsburg, in Hidalgo County. She says when she tried to retrieve the vehicle four days later, officers made her strip naked and searched her body cavities.

Hidalgo County Manager Jose Salazar didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.

The suit comes after Hidalgo County and the city of Deming recently agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man taken to two hospitals and subjected to anal probes over suspicion of hiding drugs.

A suit also is pending against federal agents over a similar search of a New Mexico woman crossing from Mexico through El Paso, Texas.

 

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