How "Operation Mummy's Curse" is Helping Fight Terrorism

28 Apr 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous

How "Operation Mummy’s Curse" is Helping Fight Terrorism

Selling illicit relics is the third most profitable wing of the black market, after drugs and weapons

By Danny Lewis smithsonian.com
April 28, 2015 8:00AM

After six years, an Egyptian sarcophagus is finally making it’s way home after federal agents found it stashed in a Brooklyn garage.

The coffin, which was inscribed with the name “Shesepamutayesher,” is just one of several artifacts recovered in a 2009 raid that are now being returned to their rightful owners, writes Kathleen Caulderwood for the International Business Times. In recent years, federal investigators have seized $2.5 million in stolen antiquities as part of an investigation called Operation Mummy’s Curse.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-agents-are-fighting-terrorism-tracking-down-missing-mummies-180955113/?no-ist