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02/06/2008
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Salvatore Dalessandro, Special Agent-In-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Michael J. Garcia, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the arrest of Edward George Johnson, an active U.S. Army helicopter pilot, on charges relating to his sale of stolen Egyptian antiquities.
05/10/2008
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The cache of fossils, including prehistoric pine cones and dinosaur eggs, was seized two years ago by ICE agents at a gem and mineral show in Tucson, Ariz.
05/22/2008
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The eight items, believed to be of ceremonial use, date back to 2000 B.C. from a civilization known as Bactria, located in modern-day Northern Afghanistan. This date and location identify them with what is called "the Bronze Age" of Bactria. They were the metal remnants of items that would have had handles of wood or bone: a spear, two axes, and dagger and knife blades.
07/07/2008
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

The pre-Columbian era refers to a period preceding the exploration of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. The artifacts date as far back as 500 B.C. ICE agents and BSO officers discovered the artifacts during the execution of three federal search warrants at various South Florida locations. The artifacts, which include ancient pottery, gold pieces and emeralds, were stolen from Colombia and illegally smuggled into the United States.

09/15/2008
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
The items, which included terra cotta cones inscribed in Cuneiform text, a praying god figurine that was once imbedded in a Sumerian temple and coins bearing the likenesses of ancient emperors, are an illustration of the long and varied history of the country now known as Iraq. Remnants of ancient Cuneiform tablets, which were seized by the Customs Service in 2001, were recovered from beneath the ruins of the World Trade Center.
11/26/2008
Seattle, WA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

SEATTLE - A Romanian national who attempted to sell an 18-carat gold bookmark that reportedly belonged to Adolf Hitler, will make his initial appearance in federal court at 1:30 this afternoon charged with sale or receipt of stolen goods.

04/07/2009
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A rare chrome rifle with pearl handle grip and a small photograph of Saddam Hussein near the front sight was owned by the late dictator.
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.
12/02/2009
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A Corinthian column krater, left, and a Pompeii wall panel fresco, stolen from Italy and recovered by ICE in New York, were returned to the Italian government in a ceremony.
12/11/2009
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
8 Peruvian cultural religious artifacts seized in ICE investigation.
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.
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.
03/04/2010
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.
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.
03/24/2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
06/02/2010
Miami, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Agents initiated an investigation after the pre-Columbian artifacts were seen on eBay.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.

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