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Woman. Hospital Settle Body Cavity Search Lawsuit

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    A West Texas hospital is settling a lawsuit with a woman who says she was subjected to invasive cavity searches by medical staff at the behest of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

    Court records show CBP is not part of the settlement. The woman's lawsuit continues against two CBP agents and their supervisors.

    The lawsuit says the 54-year-old Lovington, New Mexico, resident was randomly selected for an inspection in December 2012 at the Cordova border bridge in El Paso. Searches produced no evidence that she was carrying illicit drugs. She was taken to University Medical Center where doctors probed her even after X-rays showed no foreign objects inside her.

    She was billed $5,000 for the medical inspection.

    She was not identified in court papers and terms of the settlement were not released.