Artifact Theft and Trafficking Disrupted in South Dakota

September 28, 2010 by  

A recent investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service secured guilty pleas from five individuals involved in the unlawful collection, sale, and/or purchase of Native American and other artifacts stolen from archaeological sites on public lands administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along the Missouri River in South Dakota. The defendants, who pleaded guilty to Federal felony and misdemeanor violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, forfeited over 13,000 archaeological artifacts and fossils as part of their sentences; penalties assessed in the case also included $30,000 in criminal fines and prison terms for two individuals. Photo Caption: The Service recovered these and thousands of other archaelogical artifacts during this investigation. Credit: USFWS

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