SANTA FE – Hidalgo County and the city of Deming may have to pay $1.6 million to settle with a Lordsburg man who filed a lawsuit after he was forced to undergo anal cavity searches and a colonoscopy but officials in the two southern New Mexico communities refuse to say whether the police officers involved in the searches are still on the job.

Telephone messages left by New Mexico Watchdog to Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante and Hidalgo County Sheriff Saturino Madero have gone unreturned and the chairwoman of the Hidalgo County Commission declined to discuss the case.

PAYING UP: The city of Deming, N.M., and neighboring Hidalgo County will pay $1.6 million in a lawsuit but officials won’t say if the police officers involved in the case are still on the force or not. Photo from KOB-TV.

Commissioner Darr Shannon called New Mexico Watchdog Tuesday morning and said, “I don’t think it would be good for me to comment right now,” saying she has been advised by attorneys to keep mum. “Bear with us and let us feed you that information in time.”