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08/17/2011
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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On Thursday, ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned, during a joint repatriation ceremony, a collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States from the Dominican Republic. The objects were discovered as part of several investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and CBP.
08/01/2011
Cairo, Egypt
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Egyptian archaeological sites, storerooms and other locations are under serious threats of pillage, theft and illicit trafficking. That's why U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joined forces with the U.S. Embassy to Egypt to present a four-day workshop titled ""Countering Antiquities Trafficking at Egypt's Ports and Borders."""
07/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Three individuals are in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their involvement in an international smuggling ring that imported cultural artifacts into the United States.
07/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Antiquity dealers and collectors from Michigan, New York, Virginia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were charged today in connection with a scheme to smuggle illicit cultural property into the United States.
07/07/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned a collection of objects illegally imported into the United States from Iraq.
07/06/2011
Louisville, KY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In a ceremony on Tuesday, the local Speed Art Museum transferred a three-panel wooden triptych to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), following last month's settlement agreement.
05/16/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Five decorative, hand-carved human skulls were turned over to Indonesian authorities Monday during a ceremony at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/12/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Today, U.S. ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned a collection of cultural artifacts illegally imported into the United States from Peru. The artifacts were discovered as part of three separate investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and Denver.
04/26/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Today at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters, ICE Director John Morton and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski repatriated 99 pre-Columbian artifacts seized as a result of operations by ICE's HSI and CBP in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., to Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli.

04/05/2011
Phoenix, AZ
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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It's 2007. An American gentleman is traveling in Buenos Aires, browsing the city's antique district for treasures. A Rolling Stones fan, he stumbles upon a unique piece of artwork depicting Mick Jagger, which he purchases for $2,000 to display in his Phoenix, Ariz., home.
03/11/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
7 Sui Dynasty Pottery Horses with Riders, A.D. 581-618, Among Artifacts Returned to China.
02/23/2011
Toledo, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Investigation results in repatriation of the ""Nereid Sweetmeat Stand"" to Dresden State Art Collections"
01/20/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

In 1961, the painting was loaned to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France, but was stolen from the museum in December 1973. In October 2010, the Degas painting appeared in the Sotheby's New York catalogue for a pending auction of Impressionist and modern art.

01/20/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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In a ceremony held at the French ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2011, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned to the French government a rare painting by master impressionist Edgar Degas that had been stolen and lost to the world for nearly 40 years.

01/14/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the painting Leda ed il Cigno, by Italian Renaissance painter Lelio Orsi, was ordered forfeited to the government as property brought into the United States in violation of customs laws.
06/02/2010
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Agents initiated an investigation after the pre-Columbian artifacts were seen on eBay.
05/26/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton returned dozens of Paleozoic Era fossils that were sent through the mail from China and seized after an ICE investigation.
05/12/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Dozens of ancient artifacts were seized in an investigation into an international smuggling ring that sold antiquities via the Internet. ICE returned many of the seized items to El Salvador in a special ceremony.
04/05/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

A dozen 1,400-year-old skulls smuggled into the United States were returned to Peru after an ICE investigation.

03/24/2010
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Bildnis in der Laube (Portrait in the Garden), a 1930 painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee, was reported stolen to the Art Loss Registry in 1989 and reported by an art gallery in Canada.
03/09/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A 3,000-year-old wooden sarcophagus, seized in Miami, was returned to Egypt in a ceremony at the National Geographic Society after a 2-year international investigation.
03/04/2010
Moscow, Russia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A silver pendant with the image of Peter the Great was among 200 items stolen from Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. ICE recovered the pendant in Seattle and returned it to Russia.
02/24/2010
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie of Iraq and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton sign custody documents to repatriate Iraqi cultural property found in the United States. See Media Gallery for more photos.

01/11/2010
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE announced the forfeiture of Le Marche following a Manhattan federal court trial that found the work was stolen from a French museum in 1981.
12/11/2009
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
8 Peruvian cultural religious artifacts seized in ICE investigation.

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