Saturday, 30 July 2011

Mexican Artefact Bound for Canada Seized

April 12, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport examined a small shipment manifested as containing an artefact and found it contained a Pre-Columbian artefact (a figurine of Nayarit type from West Mexico dating to the early first millennium A.D.) being sent to a Canadian buyer (unnamed) in British Columbia by an Indiana dealer (unnamed). It had been sold at an auction for $550 at an auction, but there was no record of its legal export from Mexico, and so it was seized as illegally obtained cultural property. According to Customs spokeswoman Cherise Miles, "the case is considered an active investigation".

Source: Customs agents retrieve Mexican artifact being shipped from Indiana, Northwest Indiana Times, July 28, 2011

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