A New Mexico woman wants her local county government to pay the $1,122 hospital bill she received after undergoing a forcible body cavity search, which she did on the orders of her local Metro Narcotics Agency. Why might her position be justified?
- The agency ordered the search solely on the basis of "credible information from a reliable source" that the woman was concealing up to an ounce of heroin. Everyone knows that when it comes to drug cases, informants always tell the truth.
- The search produced no heroin.
- Based on info provided by our reliable source, no other evidence linked the woman to one ounce of heroin.
- The woman had no criminal history.
- $1,122 is a lot of money for a service she never requested.
- New Mexico law enforcement officers perform too many body cavity searches.