ICE returns ancient artifacts to Egypt at National Geographic Society

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ICE returns ancient artifacts to Egypt at National Geographic Society

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Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
04/22/2015

‘Operation Mummy’s Curse’ investigation has identified more than 7,000 illegally smuggled artifactsts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) repatriated dozens of illegally smuggled ancient artifacts to the government of Egypt, including a Greco-Roman style Egyptian sarcophagus, at a ceremony Wednesday at the National Geographic Society in Washington. The return of these ancient artifacts was made possible by “Operation Mummy’s Curse,” an ongoing five-year investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) targeting an international criminal network that illegally smuggled and imported more than 7,000 cultural items from around the world.

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