MIAMI - A Haitian national and Florida resident named Myrlene Severe was arrested Thursday for "smuggling a human head" in to the United States according to an article by Reuters. She was also charged with failing to declare the head on a customs declaration form and transporting hazardous material which apparently had "organic matter" on it.
Severe relayed to the U.S. attorney that she had obtained the human head froma male in Haiti for her Voodoo beliefs. She also stated that the purpose of the head was to ward off evil spirits. Eighty percent of Haiti's overall population is Roman Catholic while sixteen percent are Protestant. Although, more than half say they also practice voodoo.
Each of the charges carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. Bail was set at $100,000 and Severe will be arraigned on March 2.