Animal parts, blood found in suitcase of Dulles traveler

Elephant tails, dried hedgehogs and chicken blood probably weren't on the top of your packing list the last time you traveled.

But U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized all of that and other animal parts and plants from one suitcase at Washington Dulles International Airport.

CBP spokesman Steve Sapp said Thursday that the items were taken on Dec. 3 from a 59-year-old man who was traveling from Ghana. The passenger said the items were used for spiritual purposes.

Officials did not release the name of the man, who was en route to Maryland, because he has not been charged with a crime.

The suitcase contained two elephant tails, bloody sheets, five chicken feathers, chicken blood, a dried hedgehog, two dried chameleons, grass, seed pods, tree bark chips and a jug filled with soil, herbs and blood, authorities said.