Blood-covered sleep mask seized at Arizona border

NOGALES, AZ - Federal authorities say a mask covered with chicken blood and feathers has been seized at the southern Arizona border.

The mask was discovered during a routine inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers of a car crossing into Arizona through the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales.

Officers seized the mask deemed suspicious because of the blood and feathers and it was turned over to officials in the agriculture division.

They say the mask contained materials of a prohibitive nature that have the potential of transmitting avian diseases.

Officers were told the mask had been prescribed by an American Indian curandero to help someone with insomnia.

CBP officials said Wednesday that the mask was ultimately incinerated and no citations were issued.

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