When a Southwest Airlines employee at Little Rock International Airport peered into some plastic containers on a plane bound for Love Field a week ago, he caught a glimpse of about 50 human heads.
They were en-route to Fort-Worth based company Medtronic for medical research. But the Pulaski County Coroner's Office confiscated the heads and still held them Wednesday, to ensure no laws were broken.
"We have issues of human body parts being transported throughout the country via here in Arkansas," said Garland Camper with the Pulaski County Coroner. "There is an underground market for these things and we want to make sure we haven't stumbled upon some type of underground market."
Both Southwest Airlines and Medtronic said the heads were mislabeled by a third-party supplier in Arkansas.
The two companies said it is common to use commercial airlines to transport body parts for medical research.
"We understand there is a need and a want for human body parts," Camper said.