NM driver tells story of sheriff’s invasive body search

LORDSBURG, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico driver who was forced to undergo body searches that were beyond invasive is finally speaking out about the whole ordeal.

Timothy Young was searched by New Mexico sheriff’s deputies in 2012. Recently, he told his story in a video released on a Libertarian website called Reason.com.

The story first earned Young national attention in later 2013 after he filed a lawsuit against the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department for what deputies did to him in 2012. All of it was recorded by deputies on dash and lapel camera video.

“Do you have it up your ass?” asked a Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy.

“Do I have it up my … what kind of f*****g question is that?” replied Young.

“It’s an honest question,” asked the deputy.

“Have what up my ass?” replied Young.

“Do you have drugs in your ass?” asked the deputy.

The exchange is just a piece of what transpired between deputies and Young. Deputies were convinced Young had drugs after he had been pulled at a gas station in Lordsburg.

In the ensuing hours, deputies strip searched Young, then cavity searched him at a hospital in Silver City.

Now after settling a lawsuit over what deputies did, Young is speaking out in a recent interview with Reason.com.

“They said they were going to do an anal finger exam,” Young told the website. “As soon as he (the doctor) penetrated, they laughed.”

Young’s story with Reason is the first interview he’s given about the experience. In its five minute video, the website used Young’s interview and video from the incident.

“I ask him what it was for, what was going on, he stated for not using my turn signal,” said Young in his interview.

Young let deputies search his truck. After two hours, video shows that deputies kept going, convinced he had drugs.

Deputies found nothing, but then brought in a drug dog.

“Has there been any drugs inside that vehicle?” asked one of the deputies as Young nodded “no.”

“And there’s no drugs in there now?” asked the deputy.

“If there is, you all put ‘em in there,” said Young.

“That we put them in there?” the deputy replied.

“Yeah, ‘cause I ain’t got nothing, that’s what I’m saying!” said Young.

The video shows deputies speaking of their drug dog “hitting” on several spots in the car. Deputies then strip searched Young, but didn’t find anything. Deputies weren’t convinced though and eventually drove him to Silver City with a warrant to search him and his car.

“Do you have any heroin?” asked the deputy.

“They just looked at my d*** and my ass and everything. I mean, I don’t have nothing, I’m being as serious as I can be,” said Young.

Eventually he was taken to the hospital, where Young underwent an x-ray and doctors gave him a cavity search. Still, they found nothing and Young was released without being charged.

Weeks later, Young says he got a $600 bill for the search.

“I laughed, I mean, that’s all I could do is laugh. I wanted to cry, but I just laugh,” said Young.

Reason.com says that the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department settled with Young for more than $900,000.

According to the lawsuit, deputies searched Young for drugs because they say he was jittery.

The dog that mistakenly smelled the drugs on Young also did the same thing to another man in Deming, according to the lawsuit. That man settled for more than $1 million.

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