Pre-Columbian Figurine Seized At Airport To Be Returned In SF Ceremony Today

23 Nov 2010 7:35 PM | Anonymous

Pre-Columbian Figurine Seized At Airport To Be Returned In SF Ceremony Today

SFAppeal  Nov. 23, 2010

A gathering is planned in San Francisco today to celebrate the repatriation of a pre-Columbian figurine seized from a passenger at Oakland International Airport earlier this year.

The 2.5-inch figurine was confiscated on Feb. 10 from the luggage of a man arriving in Oakland from Mexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman JoAnn Winks said.

The passenger claimed he found the artifact in Ameca, a city in the state of Jalisco in western Mexico, but there were some "inconsistencies" in his story, Winks said.

The man was not detained but agreed to sign a form relinquishing property rights to the item, she said.

http://sfappeal.com/news/2010/11/pre-columbian-figurine-seized-at-airport-to-be-returned-in-sf-ceremony-today.php

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