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Sting Operation Breaks Smuggling Ring

Thursday, April 04, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—A husband and wife and two other men were arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations that they were involved with smuggling artifacts from Peru to the United States. The four defendants each face one count of smuggling and one count of interstate transport of stolen goods. The investigation by Homeland Security agents revealed that the accused were able to bribe Peruvian officials to get the artifacts, which had false certificates stating that the pieces were replicas, out of the country.