Accused Smuggler Can Chase Claim for Artifacts

23 Sep 2014 10:32 AM | Anonymous
Accused Smuggler Can Chase Claim for Artifacts

MIAMI (CN) - A man accused of smuggling 32 ancient Peruvian artifacts into the United States can pursue his claim to the objects despite resisting pretrial discovery, a federal judge ruled.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the artifacts from Peruvian citizen Jean Combe Fritz, who entered the United States in Miami in August 2010. The objects, which included bone carvings, ornaments and Inca burial bundles, were believed to be from the Pre-Columbian and Colonial eras. Authorities, however, could not get an expert appraisal right away and released Combe Fritz, who was never prosecuted.

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