New Mexico man sues for anal cavity drug search

Nov. 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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DEMING, N.M., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A New Mexico man is suing police for allegedly forcing him to undergo three enemas and a colonoscopy in a vain search for drugs.

In a civil rights suit filed in U.S. District Court in August, David Eckert of Lordsburg said his ordeal began when he was arrested for failing to stop at a stop sign at a Deming, N.M., Walmart in January

In the suit, Eckert said he was told by an officer that he was "known in Hidalgo County to insert drugs into his anal cavity." That was untrue, the suit said.

When a doctor at one emergency room refused to conduct an anal search, the suit said, Eckert was taken to a second emergency room in nearby Hidalgo County, where an officer performed a digital search of his rectum.

Eckert said he was forced for defecate in front of officers and medical personnel, but when the enemas, colonoscopy and an X-ray failed to discover drugs, officers drove him home.

The suit, which calls a search warrant for his person faulty and names Hidalgo County deputies and Deming police, asks for unspecified damages.

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