8/14/14 Cavity Searches


In 2012, Hidalgo County, New Mexico sheriff’s deputy Javier Peru questioned Tim Young at a convenience store.  Young, a married father of three, consented to a search of his truck.

After two hours, nothing was found.  So Peru called in Leo, the department’s canine.  Another search.  Nothing.  But the dog handler claimed Leo hit on the driver’s seat.

Young was then accused of hiding drugs his anal cavity.

This begs the question: why would anyone who’s not crossing a border hide drugs in his rectum?

Young was handcuffed and driven an hour away to a hospital in another jurisdiction where the deputies had no authority and their search warrant wasn’t valid.  And subjected Young to involuntary medical x-rays.  Finding nothing, they directed medical staff to conduct an anal probe.  Still nothing.  So they released him.  

Days later he was billed over $600 for hospital services.

Weeks later, the same sheriff’s department and nearby police force did the exact same thing to 63-year old David Eckart. 

He endured x-rays, two anal probes, three forced enemas, more x-rays, and a complete colonoscopy.  No drugs were found during his 14-hour ordeal.  But he was given a four and half-thousand hospital bill.

Leo, who was alleged to have hit on the drivers’ car seats, is not certified as a drug dog.

Last week, local authorities paid the two men $2.5 million to settle their lawsuits [here, here]. No one involved has been disciplined.

You can follow Behind the Headlines on Twitter at @BehindTheHead.
You can follow Mark on
Twitter at @MarkHyman.
Join us on our
Facebook page.