Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman have not been called in to determine whether a shipment of 18 human heads intercepted by customs officials at O’Hare Airport are legitimate medical specimens.
“Legitimate specimens or not, that’s, like, 144 pounds,” said the little kid from Jerry Maguire when reached for comment.
Slow down, folks. It might be a legitimate shipment, MyFoxChicago reports:
The heads, which was sent to Chicago from outside the U.S., were discovered Monday by U.S. Customs officials and appear to be medical samples at first blush, said Brian Bell, a Chicago-based spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security.
“There’s no issue with the transportation of body parts for medical purposes,” Bell said. “There’s nothing against the law that says you cannot ship them, provided you have the right documentation.”
While Bell said he has never before fielded questions about a large package of human body parts, such shipments are not without precedent, he noted.
“Everybody here is ‘Oh my gosh, you got a box of heads’ and everybody thinks that it’s unheard of,” Bell said. “It is a potentially legitimate medical shipment. We’ve seen it at various ports in the nation.”
There’s an update, via the Chicago Sun-Times:
The 18 human head specimens that arrived at O’Hare International Airport from Rome just before Christmas were on their way to a research facility in the Chicago suburbs — a facility that is “under investigation,” a source told the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday morning.
Officials initially said a paperwork problem prevented the shipment from being delivered to its final destination, but the Sun-Times has learned that the hold-up is connected to an ongoing investigation at the suburban facility in question. The investigation is “absolutely not” connected to the shipment of the heads, the source said. …
“They were properly preserved and tagged as human specimens,” said Tony Brucci, chief investigator for the medical examiner’s office.
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