Monday, 28 July 2014

Three Colombians arrested for trafficking Pre-Columbian artifacts

Police were tipped off to the activities of a gang of looters when artefacts were seized with a falsified export permit. Three Colombians were arrested last week in the town of La Cruz in southern Colombia, accused of trafficking in more than 850 archaeological relics. The three are believed to be members of the same family, and are accused of "illegally digging up (pre-Columbian) pieces and art". The artefacts were stored in one of the diggers' homes and were being sold to tourists and collectors, who were taking them out of the country.

Agence France-Presse, 'Colombia Busts Antiquities Traffickers', July 28, 2014.

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