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11/19/2013
Seoul, South Korea
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The cultural artifacts were turned over to HSI special agents by the family of a deceased Marine lieutenant, who had served in the Korean War. The lieutenant had found the seals in 1950 in a ditch near the Deoksugung Palace, which had just been ransacked by Chinese and North Korean soldiers.
12/21/2012
Newark, NJ
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Four men, including two New Jersey residents, were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to sell seven stolen firearms believed to have belonged to the family of Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi president.
02/11/2013
Detroit, MI
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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James Amato, 50, of Oxford, Mich., was arrested without incident at his residence after being charged in a federal arrest warrant with making false statements, transportation of stolen goods and for the sale or receipt of stolen goods.
03/03/2016
Moscow, Russia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The repatriated documents include: a signed order from Josef Stalin issued on March 14, 1944; a decree signed by Peter the Great; numerous decrees signed by empresses and emperors dating from 1736-1893; and 17 drawings by Russian architect Yakov Chernikov.
12/09/2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Assistant Secretary Bersin signed the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), two DHS agencies responsible for enforcing U.S. customs laws.
09/12/2019
London, United Kingdom
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York, with the assistance of HSI’s attaché office in London and London’s Metropolitan Police Service, kicked off the first meeting of the Virtual Global Cultural Property Task Force (VGCPTF).

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.

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.
05/20/2013
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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At a ceremony today at the Bulgarian Consulate in New York, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned 546 ancient coins to Bulgarian Ambassador Elena Poptodorova.
05/18/2016
Rome, Italy
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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"Preserving records and chronicles of our past, like this letter, is of utmost importance not only to the special agents who investigate these crimes, but to the global community at large," said ICE Deputy Director Dan Ragsdale. "Today's repatriation ceremony signals our continued commitment to these investigations and is a testament to our partnerships, both here and abroad."

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.
09/21/2011
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The paintings were stolen from Poland by the Nazis in 1944 and recovered following an ICE HSI investigation.
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. "
11/04/2016
Cleveland, OH
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The Master of Dominican Effigies, an important illuminator, created an illuminated manuscript known as Codex D sometime between 1335 and 1345. Codex D, essentially a type of hymnal, is parchment with leather binding and contained seven illuminated pages.

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.
01/01/2014
Cheyenne, WY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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John Richard Rolater, 69, pleaded guilty to the charge and also agreed to surrender any and all contraband vertebrate fossils he has, which include the following fossils from China: a saber-toothed cat skull, a Feilongus fossil, an Anchiornis Huxleyi fossil and a Darwinopterus fossil.
12/21/2016
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A new exhibit of repatriated cultural property, including paintings, sculptures, manuscripts and vases, recently debuted at the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.  Scheduled to be on display for the next two months, the entire exhibition, comprising more than 250 items, is dedicated to pieces that were stolen or otherwise missing but have since been recovered and repatriated back to Italy.

04/19/2017
Boston, MA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Boston Public Library repatriated several items of significant cultural value to the government of Italy at a ceremony Wednesday at the Boston Public Library. Included among these items were a 14th century manuscript, an illuminated page from a 15th century manuscript, nearly 200 ancient Roman coins and a book from the personal library of a 14th century Archbishop in Sicily.

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.

04/15/2014
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.
10/08/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The book titled “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life,” returned today was stolen from Mount Saint Vincent University Library in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada, by convicted antiquities smuggler John Mark Tillman, 51, of Fall River, Nova Scotia.
07/09/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The repatriation ceremony was conducted by James T. Hayes, special agent in charge of HSI New York; Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York; and Od Och, ambassador, permanent representative of Mongolia to the United Nations.
12/15/2017
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Following an investigation by ICE's HSI New York’s Cultural Property, Arts and Antiquities group, in coordination with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, three marble statues originally excavated from the Temple of Eshmun in Lebanon were repatriated to their home country. The Consul General of Lebanon in New York accepted the return of the artifacts on behalf of Lebanon.

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.

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