147 Chinese tourists looking to sue after body search at Saipan airport

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Guam – A host of Chinese tourists are weighing the prospect of filing a lawsuit over an incident in Saipan, alleging racial discrimination, where drug enforcement agents and customs officers searched 147 Chinese tourists under suspicion of drugs.

One passenger writes that agents never gave explanations about why he was being searched or answered direct questions on the matter. The unnamed individual adds the agent frisked him, and in the process, touched his private parts three times. He claims some on the Shanghai Airlines charter flight complained that during the search, agents inserted hands between their underwear and body. DEA resident agent Tony Marquez says he apologizes for any inconvenience the searches may have caused, but stresses they were conducted properly and were not, in any way, racially motivated.

Marquez adds no drugs were found in the possession of any passenger, but contraband was confiscated. He says the DEA will continue to exercise its authority to prevent drug trafficking in both Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands.