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Court Bars Customs Drug Tests

January 14, 1987|United Press International

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Customs Service may not subject its 120,000 employees to drug tests while it appeals a ruling that stopped the tests ordered by President Reagan, a federal appeals court ruled today.

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a government request to block a lower court order barring the testing. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Collins in November ruled that the drug-screening program implemented by Customs Commissioner William von Raab violated the Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure.

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