FBI agent: Four Corners artifact busts not meant to 'intimidate'

12 Nov 2010 3:04 PM | Anonymous

FBI agent: Four Corners artifact busts not meant to 'intimidate'

Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican
Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11

A member of the FBI's national Art Crime Team on Thursday defended the federal government's actions in last year's Four Corners artifacts busts.

David Kice, a special agent in the Santa Fe office, said federal law enforcement officials continuously investigate looting of artifacts on federal or Indian land undefined estimated at 800 to 1,500 cases a year.

But the Four Corners investigation, resulting in 26 indictments and many seizures of artifacts in private collections, including four in Santa Fe, was made possible because of a well-connected confidential source, he said.


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