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Southwest Airlines employee finds human heads on their way to Fort Worth
We've come to the conclusion that there is a black market out there for human body parts for research or for whatever reason," said Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper. "We just want to make sure these specimens here aren't a part of that black market and underground trade."
The heads were being transported to the Fort Worth office of Medtronic, a leading medical research and technology company based in Minnesota.
Medtronic spokesman Brian Henry said it is common to ship body parts for medical education and research, but he said it is rare for a shipment to be seized.
"We expect our suppliers to follow proper procedures," he said.
He identified the supplier as JLS Consulting of Wynne, Ark.
It is a lucrative business. There is money to be made," Camper said. "We're hoping that this isn't the case."