EL PASO, Texas (CBS Houston) — A New Mexico woman claims she was vaginally and anally probed by federal agents when crossing into El Paso from Juarez, Mexico.
KOB-TV reports the American Civil Liberties Union is representing the woman who says she was sexually assaulted by federal agents when they suspected she had drugs on her at the Port of Entry.
“A dog alerted to her, at least they claim a dog alerted to her,” Laura Schaur Ives, legal director for the New Mexico Chapter of the ACLU, told KOB. “At that point … agents strip searched her at the facility. They asked her to undress, to spread her genitalia and to cough. They also pressed their fingers into her vagina looking for drugs.”
Agents then allegedly took her to the University Medical Center of El Paso so doctors can conduct more tests, which the woman states were against her will.
“First, medical staff observed her making a bowel movement and no drugs were found at that point,” Schaur Ives told KOB. “They then took an X-ray, but the X-ray did not reveal any contraband. They then did a cavity search and they probed her vagina and they probed her anus. They described in the medical records as bi-manual — two-handed. They didn’t find anything doing that. Finally, they did a CT scan. Again, they found nothing.”
The ACLU claims that the federal agents did not get a search warrant to probe the woman.
A Border Patrol spokesperson tells KOB that Border Patrol agents do not work at the Port of Entry, questioning if they were involved in this alleged incident.
“CBP cannot verify information relative to these ACLU allegations since we have not seen a copy of the report, nor have we been provided necessary details in order to investigate,” Doug Mosier said in a statement to KOB. “CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe.”
He continued in his statement: “We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off-duty.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection work at the Port of Entry.