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11/17/2015
Muncie, IN
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Representatives from the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University transferred Monday a religious relic known as a Festival Bronze of Shiva and Parvati to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/24/2012
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. officials repatriated "Le Marche aux Poissons" (The Fish Market), a monotype by Camille Pissarro, to French Ambassador Francois Delattre.
06/06/2018
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The letter, originally written in 1493, was stolen from the National Library of Catalonia in Barcelona and sold for approximately $1 million.

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.
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).

02/11/2013
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.
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.
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.

03/03/2016
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.
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.
05/18/2016
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."

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.
01/15/2020
Providence, RI
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The stone projectile points, used primarily for hunting, were unearthed by Harrie M. Wheeler, a noted Rhode Island collector and amateur archeologist, during excavations that he conducted between 1928 and 1950 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

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.
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.
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.

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. "
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.
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.
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.

04/15/2014
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.

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.

07/26/2012
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized several sandstone and bronze statues.

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