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Creepy, Bloody Mask Prescribed by Mexican Healer Is Seized at Border

Creepy, Bloody Mask Prescribed by Mexican Healer Is Seized at Border
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Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appeared to be covered with dried blood and chicken feathers."

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The owner of the mask told border officers that the mask was prescribed by a curandero -- something of a healer or shaman -- who prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia (although it looks scary enough to promote insomnia).

CBP's agricultural specialists made the decision to seize the mask.

In a statement, CBP's agriculture program manager says the mask "contained materials of a prohibitive nature that have the potential of transmitting avian diseases."

The mask was incinerated, and the owner was allowed to continue on without any penalty.

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