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ICE and CBP return illegally exported cultrual artifacts to Guatemala

24 Feb 2012 12:42 PM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

ICE and CBP return illegally exported cultrual artifacts to Guatemala

WASHINGTON undefined Eight artifacts that were illegally exported from Guatemala in two separate incidents were officially returned to the country at a repatriation ceremony Friday at the Guatemalan Embassy in Washington.

Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) repatriated the eight Maya culture ceramic artifacts, circa 600 to 900 A.D., to Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harold Caballeros.

The artifacts were seized following a 2011 investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston and a 2009 inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Houston.

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1202/120224washingtondc.htm

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