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.

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