Feds load up more artifacts in Blanding

08 Apr 2010 1:03 PM | Anonymous

Feds load up more artifacts in Blanding
Crime » Four defendants give up their collections; plea hearings set.
By Patty Henetz

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 04/07/2010 05:57:44 PM MDT

Federal agents, curators and archaeologists went to Blanding on Wednesday to collect relics surrendered by four defendants indicted last summer after a 2 1/2-year investigation into illegal artifacts-trafficking across the Four Corners region.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah said Dale Lyman, Ray Lyman, Nick Laws and Aubry Patterson, all Blanding residents facing multiple felony charges, gave up their collections after talking with their lawyers.

All were arrested June 10 in a coordinated raid that netted 24 defendants. Two others were charged later. Laws, Patterson and Dale Lyman are scheduled for plea-change hearings April 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba in Moab.


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