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The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico

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"The Drug War, the Fourth Amendment, and Anal Cavity Searches in New Mexico," produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. 8 minutes.

Original release date was July 29, 2014. Original writeup is below.

On July 28, 2014, Reason TV released "Do You Have It Up Your Ass?": Drug Warriors in New Mexico Go Too Far. Incorporating footage from cameras on the dashboards and lapels of New Mexico law enforcement officers, the program tells the story of Timothy Young, a man who was pulled over in Lordsburg, New Mexico, for a traffic violation in October 2012.

Hidalgo County deputies looking for drugs searched Young's truck for more than two hours. After a K9 deputy claimed that his dog Leo alerted on the driver's seat of Young's truck, deputies obtained a search warrant to search Young's body. Deputies then drove Young to the Gila Regional Medical Center, located an hour north in Silver City, New Mexico. Young was X-rayed and, while still in handcuffs, subjected to a digital search of his anal cavity. No drugs were found.

There is more to the story, however. Just three months after the Young incident, David Eckert was pulled over in front of a Walmart for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign in Deming, a small town about an hour east of Lordsburg. Eckert was about to begin a 14-hour ordeal. Once again, law enforcement officers called in the dog, Leo, and once again his trainer claimed that the dog alerted on the driver's seat.

Deputies obtained a warrant and brought Eckert to the hospital in Deming, New Mexico, where a doctor refused to conduct an anal cavity search, calling it unethical. Undeterred, deputies drove Eckert an hour north to another hospital, where doctors had agreed to search Young's anal cavity. While at the Gila Regional Medical Center, Eckert was X-rayed, digitally probed, forced to endure several enemas, and ultimately put under and given a colonoscopy without his consent. Once again, no drugs were found.

Young and Eckert sued all the parties involved. So far, Young has been awarded $925,000 from Hidalgo County, and Eckert has been awarded $1.6 million from Hidalgo County and the city of Deming.

Approximately 8 minutes. Produced by Paul Feine and Alex Manning.

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  1. I was promised an anal cavity search. I feel cheated.

    1. Warty should be back by Monday. I’m sure he’ll be willing to “search” you.

    2. Anal cavity? Are dentists even willing to drill there?

  2. Yeah…this sounds like a local problem. How many cases now in that area? There are more than these two. I am tempted to say that they are testing the waters….putting out feelers…..to see if the sadistic coprophiles employed as government agents employed all over the nation can get their twinkles creamed too.

    Someone needs their nuts cut over this.

    1. Someone needs their nuts cut over this.

      It’s these two degenerate criminals who managed to pull the evidence even deeper into their digestive tract, thus making the heroic cops look bad, right?

    2. I am tempted to say that they are testing the waters….putting out feelers…

      The feelers are all lubed so what’s the problem? You hiding something in there?

  3. @6:42:”BUTT for the war on drugs all of these actions…”

    Good one Jacob.

    1. I’m no dog expert, BUTT I’ve noticed that dogs like to sniff BUTTS. Maybe even a car seat that recently had a BUTT on it.

    2. War is always on drugs. The sober seek peace.

  4. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, unless my dog thinks it smells reefer, in which case we can totally rape your asshole, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath, affirmation, or the gut feeling of a police officer, and particularly vaguely describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

    1. That’s just crazy talk from 1789.

  5. I wonder how much of the judgment came out of the officers’ salaries or the departments’ budgets . . .

    Punitive (or even compensatory) damages only have a deterrent effect if they’re levied on the offending party. The poor taxpayers of NM are now the ones being violated.

    1. None. It’s a Man Bites Dog story if the cops have to pay out of pocket. It does happen, but it’s national news when it does.

      It should happen more often. Cops should be deathly afraid that their next traffic stop cum drug bust will cost them everything they own.

  6. An artist is planting a field of artificial poppies around the Tower of London; eventually, there will be one poppy for every British Empire soldier who died in World War I.

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/…..n-poppies/

  7. $1.6M for 14 hours of labor?

    Good work if you can get it.

    Too bad it’s not Hidalgo County’s money being awarded…or the cop’s.

    1. Indeed. Anyone can search my anal cavity for ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

    2. Too bad it’s not Hidalgo County’s money being awarded…or the cop’s.

      Qualified immunity is truly atrocious. The fact that government as we know it can’t operate without a separate code of ‘public law’ applying to it, tells you something. A logically inconsistent system of justice breeds injustice.

  8. Richard Dawkins, feminists, patch things up. “We just had some silly misunderstandings,” says feminist spokeswoman.

    Just kidding!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..worse.html

    1. Once again, the revolution eats its own. He’s making a perfectly logical and valid point, but the activists are too blinded by ideology that they don’t want to hear it.

  9. I posted this a few days ago, when this same topic was under discussion, but maybe it bears repeating.

    These are the Google Plus reviews for the medical practice of Dr. Okay Odocha, the doctor who participated in the sexual assault of David Eckert:

    http://tinyurl.com/qbj77hj

    Sample: “One star. Anal probe too cold. Fingers and hands too big. I like my enemas shaken, not stirred thanks. Also. Supposed digital exam was done with both hands on patients shoulders. Not cool.”

    1. Yeah….no mention of him in the article. I am guessing the cops went to him because they knew he would do it. He had done it once before and when the second doc refused with Eckert they went to Odocha who was happy to oblige.

      I wonder why this guy is still breathing.

      1. Because the cops have his back.

      2. Good news is the state’s medical board voted unanimously to formally reprimand the doctor, which paves the way to a lawsuit. But based on the reviews on Google (and on every other site that patients use to review their doctors), I’d say this guy is already professionally ruined.

  10. For $1M you may examine my prostate.

    1. What’s the discount if the prostate remains inside your body during the examination?

  11. While at the Gila Regional Medical Center, Eckert was X-rayed, digitally probed, forced to endure several enemas, and ultimately put under and given a colonoscopy without his consent. Once again, no drugs were found.

    “There *has* to be a pony in that pile!” 8-(

  12. Drugs are good man, you are finding a no win battle.

    http://www.TotalAnon.tk

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