LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – A shipment of antiques containing more than a dozen artifacts, some dating back to the 12th century, was intercepted by customs officers in Louisville, Kentucky on July 24th.
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“I’m very proud that our officers were able to prevent valuable artifacts from being lost forever,” said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of field operations for the US Customs and Border Protection Chicago Field Office in a Press release.
The shipment, which was en route from Mexico to a residence in Sumter, South Carolina, was confiscated by CBP officers in Louisville with the help of officers from the National Targeting Center’s Antiques Department.
“Customs and border guards will continue to use our border service to identify and rescue valuable antiques that are smuggled from those who benefit from the theft of historical and cultural property and return them to their rightful owners,” added Sutton-Burke added.
According to CBP, a subject matter expert in ancient America noted that the collection, which included a skull as 12 chopping tools, was dated from the post-classical period to the Aztec era or from about AD 1100 to AD 1532.
The agency has recorded 21 Confiscations of cultural property with a domestic value of more than $ 18 million since the beginning of fiscal 2020.
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