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Routine traffic stop in New Mexico turns into nightmare cavity search

December 13, 2013 | SteveElliott

Officers alleged Eckert appeared to be "clenching his buttocks."

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A Deming, New Mexico man was subjected to a nightmarish 14-hour anal cavity search for drugs after allegedly running a stop sign, according to recently discovered documents. No drugs were found, and now David Eckert is suing officers and the doctors who conducted the search, which occurred on January 2, 2013.

After searches of his car and his person revealed no drugs, officers held Eckert until a judge issued a warrant because officers alleged Eckert appeared to be “clenching his buttocks.” newmexicoquote.jpg
Doctors at Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming refused to conduct the search on ethical grounds, according to the court documents. So officers took Eckert to Gila Regional Medical Center in a neighboring county. KOB TV, reported that the following events then unfolded.

1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed, and no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared and sedated Eckert for surgery, then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.


Eckert was released with no charges. after all that, and later received a bill from the hospital.

Eckert is suing for compensatory and punitive damages for his horrific ordeal.

“If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they’re standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go in and do enemas and colonoscopies without consent, then anyone can be seized and that’s why the public needs to know about this,” Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said.

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