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A West African man serving time in federal prison is suing the hospital and doctors who surgically removed several balloons of heroin from his body at the instruction of customs officers from New York’s John F. Kennedy international airport. William Meequaye Kanyi, 40, of Ghana, contends the surgery amounted to an illegal search and seizure and is seeking $5 million in damages. He claims he pleaded with customs officials and medical personnel to allow him to excrete the heroin in what passes for the normal fashion. “It’s an excessive invasion of a person,” Kanyi’s lawyer, Velly Polycarpe, said. “You don’t go inside someone and search their internal organs.”

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