New Mexico woman gets forced cavity search – for $1122

A Las Cruces woman has been charged $1,122 by a local hospital for a forcible body cavity search ordered by the Metro Narcotics Agency that did not turn up any illegal substances.

She is now asking the county to pay her hospital bill.

The woman, who is not being named because she was not arrested or criminally charged, was searched at Memorial Medical Center on July 1, according to a tort claim notice Las Cruces attorney Michael Lilley served to the county this week.

The woman is refusing to pay the $1,122 she was subsequently billed for the body cavity search, the tort claim notice shows.

Metro Sgt. Mike Alba said agents had “credible information from a reliable source” that the woman was concealing up to an ounce of heroin, leading to the search warrant from Magistrate Court. The woman, who has no criminal history in New Mexico, was in custody for several hours…

The county has a policy of not commenting on threatened or pending litigation.

Idiots. So much for what coppers in Las Cruces consider credible and reliable. Try requiring some old-fashioned legwork before putting someone through body probes based on some paid informant.

Thanks, Cinaedh

2 thoughts on “New Mexico woman gets forced cavity search – for $1122

  1. Richard Boltuck says:

    But the amazing part of this story is that a service-provider is trying to charge the woman for the cost of the county executing its unsuccessful search warrant. That’s got to wrong, wrong, wrong . . . Imagine where this could lead. Police bust down a front door and search a house, relying on a search warrant. They find nothing. The family is billed for the cost of the police wages for time spent, for the cost of damage to battering ram, for the cost of the flash grenades, and for the cost of the bullets used to shoot the family dog . . . I bet they didn’t even do that kind of thing in the Soviet Union.

    • E Trams says:

      Tip of the iceberg in New Mexico. Unfortunately most truths of injustice just get squashed in New Mexico. For the most part the State is run by a bunch of crime families…

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