Mingei's seized artifacts will go free

05 Mar 2015 12:32 PM | Anonymous

Mingei's seized artifacts will go free

Feds say the antiquities should be returned to Thailand, not sit at museum

Seven years have passed since federal agents raided the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, seizing dozens of Thai antiquities in a dramatic operation to bust smugglers and repatriate allegedly looted cultural artifacts trafficked to museums across Southern California.

The artifacts never made it home to Thailand. In fact, they never made it out of the museum. Federal agents tagged them as evidence and ordered the Mingei to keep them in the vault.