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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.
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.

07/26/2012
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.
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.

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.
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.
12/01/2014
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Upon its Sept. 4 arrival in the United States from France, the Dinosaur Skull was seized by CBP. Federal authorities then filed a civil action to forfeit the dinosaur skull, alleging that it was stolen Mongolian property that was smuggled into the United States using false declarations. The allegations in the United States’ complaint went uncontested and the court ordered the forfeiture of the dinosaur skull.
10/24/2012
El Paso, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned more than 4,000 pieces of stolen and looted cultural artifacts to the government of Mexico at a repatriation ceremony today at the Consulate of Mexico in El Paso, Texas.
12/16/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Jonathan M. Markell, 70, the owner of Silk Roads Design Gallery (which previously was located on North La Brea Avenue and now operates in the Jefferson Park district of Los Angeles), was sentenced Monday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who called Markell's crimes "significant."
05/16/2019
San Francisco, CA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Deputy Special Agent in Charge Jerry Templet repatriated 10 Greek coins to the Government of Greece, Tuesday, during a reception at the San Francisco Greek Consulate.

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.
10/18/2019
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Since September 2011, HSI has been conducting an international cultural property investigation relating to several historically significant, printed letters authored by explorer Christopher Columbus during his return trip from the New World in 1493.

04/04/2013
Houston, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The ivory statues are now in the care and custody of the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
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.
02/24/2015
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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During the course of two separate investigations, HSI New York seized two stolen cultural treasures from Christie’s auction house in New York. The TPC contacted HSI Rome to help locate a Lucanian red-figured bell krater (circa 420-400 B.C.) and other stolen artifacts. That tip led HSI New York special agents to Christie’s where they seized the stolen krater in July 2013.
12/06/2012
Houston, TX
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The government of Spain requested assistance to seize the property.
04/05/2016
New York, NY
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Mongolian patrimony laws prohibit the export of dinosaur fossils, as well as the private ownership of these items. The returned pieces include nearly complete skeletons of Bactrosaurus, Protoceratops and Psittcosaurus, a nest of Protoceratops eggs, and the skulls of an Alioramus and a Psittcosaurus.
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.

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.
11/03/2011
Tallahassee, FL
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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A masterpiece work of art - 'Christ Carrying the Cross' - stolen as part of the widespread Nazi plunder of World War II, was seized this week by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The painting was seized through formal legal proceedings, to protect the art until its real ownership is finally confirmed.
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.
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.
12/07/2016
San Juan, PR
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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The 23 pre-Columbian artifacts were presented at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture in Dominican Republic during an activity chaired by the United States ambassador, the Minister of Culture Pedro Vergés Cimán and the HSI Special Agent in Charge in Charge in Puerto Rico, Ricardo Mayoral.

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.
08/01/2011
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."""

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