Saturday, 13 February 2016

Artefact hunters sentenced in southern Oregon

Klamath Falls collectables
In yet another case of the association between artefact hunting and collecting and the trade in illicit narcotics in the US, in Oregon, two residents of Klamath Falls have been sentenced in connection to a 2015 case of unlawful possession and sale of Native American artefacts (Elizabeth Riecken, 'Two Klamath Falls residents sentenced in stolen Native American artifacts case',  KTVL, Feb 11th 2016).
Douglas Cotellese, 47, pleaded guilty to Abuse of Indian Graves and was sentenced to 20 days in jail, 24 months probation and 20 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $1020 fine. Jennifer Daniels, 42, pleaded guilty to unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine and was sentence to 30 days in jail and a 24 month probation. She was ordered to pay $2000 in fines. A search warrant was served on Cotellese's house in February 2015 resulted in the recovery of Native American artifacts, including funerary and sacred items, according to the press release. Troopers also found methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials and other drug paraphernalia. Police say he dug up artifacts from Lake River and Clear Lake in Oregon, and Crump Lake in Northern California. The Klamath County District Attorney says he tried to sell the artifacts at his home. 

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