Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers got quite the surprise last week when they seized a human brain in international mail at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron last week.
On February 14, CBP officers assigned to the Port Huron Area Port referred a Canadian mail truck that had just crossed the Blue Water Bridge for inspection in Marysville. During the routine mail operation, a shipment manifested as an “Antique Teaching Specimen” was targeted for inspection. Upon opening the shipment, CBP officers found the package to contain a human brain specimen inside of a clear glass mason jar without any paperwork or documentation in support of its lawful entry into the United States.
The shipment originated in Toronto, Canada and was destined for Kenosha, Wisconsin. Area Port Director Michael Fox said, “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.”
CBP Agriculture Specialists in Port Huron are currently in contact with the CDC regarding the brain specimen.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.