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Border patrol in Michigan seize human brain in mail truck

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a human brain in international mail at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron on Feb. 14, 2020. (Customs and Border Protection/Released)
February 20, 2020

A human brain was found recently by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in a shipment of mail at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.

Border Protection officers assigned to the Area Port of Port Huron referred a Canadian mail truck that had crossed the bridge for an inspection at the Centralized Examination Station in Marysville.

A shipment labeled “Antique Teaching Specimen” was found Feb. 14 during a routine mail operation, per a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

Officers found the package to contain a human brain specimen inside a glass jar with no paperwork or documentation in support of lawful entry into the country.

“Individuals looking to import shipments such as this, need to remember that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a strict Import Permit Program that must be adhered to,” said Area Port Director Michael Fox. “This is just another great example of just one of the many things CBP officers do to protect our nation on a daily basis.”

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The shipment originated in Toronto, Canada and was destined for Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists in Port Huron are currently in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the brain specimen.

Officials will then determine how to dispose or otherwise deal with the specimen.

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