In Bridgeport, there are a lot more questions than answers after a routine drug
bust revealed there was *much more* happening inside the home than the narcotics
squad was investigating.
Police call 230 Madison Avenue a hub of drug
So the raid planned on June 8th, Monday night wasn't too
unusual... until police saw what was in the basement: a human skull, an
alligator head and a chicken that had been cut and drained-- it's blood
spattered on the walls.
"I've never seen anything like this," said Sgt.
William Bailey with the Bridgeport Tactical Narcotics Team. "and I've been doing
this a very, very long time."
"I told them I did not want to disrespect
their religion, but I have a job to do." Bailey said. "I had to seize the
Police think the suspects may be practicing Santeria: a
cultural religious blend that has its roots in Catholicism, African and Cuban
"There are a lot of people here who practice sorcery and
Santeria," Neighbor Jose Ruiz says. "but I don't think it's bad," Ruiz
And Dr. Leslie Desmangles, a professor of religion and
international studies at Trinity University, agrees.
believes the basement relics may have been part of protection spell: protection
from police, or perhaps rival drug gangs.
"in Santeria, sacrifices are to
appease the spirits, or it could be a protection spell against
"having a human skull isn't that unusual. It is said to keep
the spirit of the dead alive." Dr. Desmangles said. "it's not to do anything
bad, but actually shows a great deal of respect."
Whatever the reason,
police say they had no choice. They had to seize the evidence-- and they will
have to find out where the skull came from.
"It was crazy," Sgt Bailey
said. "We went looking for drugs... And found this. It really took us off