(Daily Mail) Transportation Security Administration agents have discovered what appears to be a human skull and teeth inside a pot two Cuban priestesses were carrying onto a flight.
The two ladies, who are part of the Santeria religion that originated in West Africa were heading from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore on Wednesday when the bag was discovered.
Broward Sheriff’s Office confiscated the pot for examination and the two women claimed they purchased it at a religious shop, saying the items are for ‘protection’.
Transportation Security Administration agents found pottery filled with dirt and human skull fragments inside a carry-on bag at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
The sheriff’s office said that the body parts were found when a piece of the sealed pottery broke open. The pot also contained rocks and dirt. A second sealed pot remained intact.
Deputies say the women told them they had visited Cuba earlier in the week and had bought the pots at a store selling religious items.
TSA Agents discovered a cracked pot containing skull fragments and teeth in the carry on bag of two women returning from Cuba having attended a religious training camp
The women avoided being arrested as sheriff’s said that they had no idea how the body parts came to be in the pottery they purchased in Cuba
Santeria: African tribal religion fused with Catholicism that thrives in Cuba
- Santeria is a mix of the ancient West African Yoruba religion that was combined with elements of Catholicism by slaves brought to the Caribbean.
- Fusing mystical elements of both beliefs, the religion is prevalent in Cuba
- One main difference between Western Catholicism and Santeria is that women are allowed to hold the status of priestesses
No charges will be filed against the two ladies since they were unaware that the bone fragments were in the pots as they were sealed.
Broward Sheriff’s Office have said they will be in touch with Cuban officials about the discovery and the women were allowed to board their flight to Baltimore.
The bones are currently at the medical examiner’s office for further evaluation and confirmation. The Department of Homeland Security is now handling the investigation.
‘It’s very possible that they had no idea what was inside,’ said BSO spokesman Mike Jachles to The Miami Herald.
‘They were both sealed when they bought them.’
TSA agents at Fort-lLuderdale-Hollywood International- Airport discovered the grizzly remains