Official: FBI reviewing S.C. couple’s cavity search case

Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon stand outside their home in Aiken, S.C. The couple is speaking out about the 2014 traffic stop they say ended in public humiliation over an invasive cavity search for drugs that didn’t exist. Hicks and Pontoon are suing the Aiken Department of Public Safety for illegally searching them on the side of a busy road.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Federal authorities are reviewing the case of a black South Carolina couple who say they were subjected to an illegal cavity search.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the inquiry says Thursday the FBI is among several agencies reviewing the case of Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon.

The official spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the case. He says the FBI reviews all potential civil rights allegations and could ultimately launch an official investigation.

Hicks was driving a new car with paper tags when Aiken police pulled her over in 2014. Her husband says police searched his anal cavity on the side of the road.

No drugs were found. The city says its officers did nothing illegal.