US Returns 4000 Smuggled Artifacts to Mexico

Texas trooper Albert John Barragan in El Paso (Mark Lambie / Associated Press / El Paso Times / October 25, 2012)

The LA Times reports that customs officials in El Paso displayed a collection of 4000 objects of archeological interest siezed in the US last thursday, before shipping them back to Mexico. The relics, mostly arrowheads, were in El Paso, San Antonio and Fort Stockton, Texas; Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Chicago and Montana. Some were the products of unauthorized excavations, some were stolen in 2008 from the Cuatro Cienegas museum in the Mexican state of Coahuila.

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