American authorities at the Sarnia, Ont. border had to deal with a particularly odd item caught in the shuffle of mail moving from Canada to the U.S.
The package, containing a human brain inside a mason jar, was seized last week at the Blue Water Bridge last week.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a press release that the package was targeted for inspection after officers noticed its only details included “antique teaching specimen.”
The shipment did not have any other paperwork or documentation to support the brain’s lawful entry into the U.S., CBP said.
Kris Grogan, a CPB spokeswoman told the Windsor Star that he believes this is the first time officers have encountered a brain.
“We have had a lot of interesting things, to say the least,” said Kris Grogan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection public affairs officer. “I can’t recall a brain, to be honest . . . (But) there’s always something.”
He added that U.S. Customs agriculture specialists are working with the Centres for Disease Control to determine where the brain should go next.
The packaged was sent from Toronto, Ont. with a final destination of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
CBP are reminding individuals that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has a strict import policies and procedures for shipping items across the border.