Mexican drug smugglers profiting from illegal artifacts trade

Published on February 13th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Drug smugglers in Mexico are using their routes along the Texas-Mexico border to transport looted artifacts into the United States.

“They would go out and dig something up, or go other co-conspirators and say, ‘Hey, we have an order for this type of artifact, do any of you all have it?’ or, ‘Let’s go out to some of those sites that are protected areas in Mexico,’ and they would dig through those,” Fort said.

Once they had enough evidence, agents raided stash houses in Fort Hancock and seized artifacts, including pottery, arrow points, and pre-Columbian figures.

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Story: Angela Kocherga, WFAA Border Bureau | Photo: WFAA

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