In Kompong Thom province, Cambodia, after nearly two weeks of undercover work, three men were arrested in a sting targeting sellers of looted, ancient statues. The three men were reportedly "all known traffickers of ancient artifacts in the area". In the sting seven statues about 30 cm high were seized, they had been offered for sale for $10,000. On examining them, it was later found that they were all worthless copies of Buddhist artefacts made of lead and copper. The three dealers will nevertheless be appearing in court.
Saing Soenthrithm, 'Sting Targeting Ancient Statue Dealers Winds Up With Fakes' Cambodia Daily News December 30, 2015.