David Ashenfelter
February 10, 2011

DETROIT — A 46-year-old Canadian woman sued two unidentified female U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Detroit federal court Wednesday, saying one of them strip-searched and groped her without justification as the other one watched at the Ambassador Bridge last March.

Loretta Van Beek, of Stratford, an interior decorator who said she travels to the United States about five times a year to vacation at her property in Georgia, said agents sent her to secondary inspection last March 2 because she failed to disclose that she had raspberries in her vehicle.

She said agents questioned her about her occupation, property and family status during a two-hour session, then ordered her to a windowless concrete cell she ordered her to strip.

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