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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.

03/16/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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More than 60 Iraqi cultural treasures illegally smuggled into the United States were returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday, following five separate investigations led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The objects were seized at the culmination of investigations led by HSI offices in New York; Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; and New Haven, Connecticut. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted in two of the investigations.
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.
04/10/2012
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Since 2007, ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have repatriated more than 2,500 objects to more than 23 countries.
06/27/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Kabul assisted in the return of a late 19th century historic ""jezail"" rifle ammunition speed loader to the people of Afghanistan during a ceremony held June 2, at the Ministry of Information and Culture Rose Garden. "
04/15/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The 9-by-12 inch oil depicting Jesus ascending into heaven with the apostles kneeling below is painted on a wooden oval board and held in a silver and gold-plated frame.
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.

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.

09/14/2009
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Remains of a saber-toothed cat and dinosaurs were repatriated in a ceremony at the Chinese embassy in Washington D.C.
12/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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This historical document was seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents in Wilmington, Del., following an extensive investigation.
04/22/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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On Sept. 8, 2009, HSI New York recovered the nesting sarcophagus from a garage in Brooklyn, New York. One year later, on Sept. 24, 2010, following leads from the Brooklyn case, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport seized a shipment of smuggled Egyptian goods, including a funerary boat model and figurines.
06/06/2016
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The majority of the pieces repatriated in the ceremony were seized during Operation Hidden Idol, an investigation that began in 2007 after HSI special agents received a tip about a shipment of seven crates destined for the United States manifested as “marble garden table sets.”  Examination of the shipment in question revealed numerous antiquities.  This shipment was imported by Subhash Kapoor, owner of Art of the Past Gallery, who awaits trial in India.

04/25/2012
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage will soon be on their way back to Italy, following a ceremony Thursday in which U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano officially returned the antiquities to Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero at the Embassy of Italy in Washington.
06/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A letter written by famous Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of eight documents returned to the Russian Federation during a repatriation ceremony Thursday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at the Spaso House, a neoclassical style mansion and residence of every U.S. ambassador to Russia since 1933, in Moscow, June 13.
09/08/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The vase is a 12.75-inch Roman oinochoe, or wine pitcher, from the 5th to 8th century A.D. Also returned were three 4-by-3.25-inch 5th century B.C. gold foil appliques depicting antelopes and two antique coiled gold ornaments from approximately the 17th century, weighing approximately one pound.
08/13/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Fourteen years after its reported theft from a Paris museum, a Pablo Picasso painting will be returned to France. The repatriation of “La Coiffeusse” follows an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as a part of Operation Toile.
12/10/2015
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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HSI Cleveland and HSI New York worked jointly to investigate Eric Prokopi, of Florida, who later pleaded guilty to engaging in a scheme to illegally import dinosaur fossils. According to court documents and statements made in Manhattan federal court, Prokopi owned and ran a business out of his Florida home and is a self-described commercial paleontologist.
10/21/2014
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Items returned included two Colonial-era Cusco paintings, a funerary vessel from 100-1532 A.D., a Chancay statue from 1200-1450 A.D., a Lambayeque-style vessel from 800-1300 A.D., and Incan artifacts looted from ancient Peruvian graves.
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.
04/16/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned a 16th century tapestry, stolen in 1979 from a church, to the government of Spain Wednesday at a repatriation ceremony at the Spanish ambassador's residence in Washington.
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.
07/28/2013
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A ceremonial sword, looted in 2003 from Saddam Hussein's personal office in Baghdad, was returned to the Republic of Iraq Monday by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/13/2011
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The z-angle pre-Columbian feasting bowl was created by Mayan Indians. It is nearly 1800 years old.
02/22/2016
Tucson, AZ
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Jun Yang, 37, who served as president of Arctic Products, Inc., based in Richmond, British Columbia, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson.
01/07/2013
Toledo, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A rare Etruscan black-figure kalpis, which has been traced back to 510 B.C., will be returned to the Italian government following a transfer ceremony Tuesday at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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