Customs Service, has authorities that target a wide range of criminal activities, many of them involving smuggling and trafficking, both of goods and people.
ICE takes pride in bringing to justice those who would trade in such items for personal profit and in returning to other nations these priceless items.
ICE in Miami returned five pre-Columbian artifacts to the government of Peru on June 2, 2010. An 18-carat gold bookmark, a gift from Eva Braun to Adolf Hitler and the property of a Spanish museum, was returned by ICE officials to Spanish authorities in June 2010.
The items include two Peruvian terracotta vessels from the period A. The bookmark had been stolen during a break-in at an art auction house in Madrid, Spain.
A CBP officer discovered the fossils during a routine inspection at a Chicago airport mail facility.
ICE handled the investigation and ultimately seized the Paleozoic-era fossils.If you don’t want to lose them, back them up, and practice good computer security habits to protect yourself from hackers and viruses. Investigating the loss or looting of cultural heritage properties and returning them to their countries of origin are an important part of ICE's diverse mission. The agency often investigates leads to art and artifacts that are important evidence of another nation's history and cultural heritage.The paintings were formally welcomed home in September 2010 after being displayed at the Goethe Institute in Manhattan. "Wally" was painted by Egon Schiele, one of the most prominent Austrian artists of the 20th century, in 1912. Since this painting was owned by the Jaray family -- not the Leopold Museum -- the U. ICE returned an 18th century, leather-bound, hand-written manuscript, missing since 1943, to Venafro, Italy. about returning the manuscript to its rightful owners.The manuscript, "Domain and Baronage in the City of Venafro," written by Giovanni Antonio Monachetti dates back to 1710. After conducting research about the manuscript, the curator of the Des Moines Art Center realized that it was the same one missing from the town of Venafro. ICE returned two paintings, "Modern Painting with Yellow Interweave"; by Roy Lichtenstein and "Figures Dans Une Structure"; by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, to the government of Brazil. The paintings may have been linked to financial crimes committed by Ferreira.The gallery owner ultimately surrendered the painting to ICE after he discovered it had been stolen.An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus was returned to the Arab Republic of Egypt by ICE and CBP officials on March 10, 2010, at the National Geographic Society in Washington D. A CBP officer in Miami examined the wooden coffin for agricultural concerns during routine inspections of goods coming into the U. and was concerned that the coffin might require a permit.The theft and trafficking of cultural items is a practice that is older than history.What is new about it is how easy it is for cultural pirates to acquire valuable antiquities, artworks and artifacts, fossils, coins or textiles and move them around the globe, swiftly, easily and inexpensively without regard to laws, borders, nationalities or their value to a nation’s heritage.A CBP officer in Miami intercepted the items in 2007, when what appeared to be pre-Columbian artifacts were being shipped to Alabama. The shipment, labeled "gifts," went unclaimed and was auctioned off as pottery.After an extensive joint investigation, ICE returned the items seized in the United States, and El Salvador was able to prosecute a man and wife who were illegally trying to sell the items, both in El Salvador and on the Internet to buyers in several countries. A discount retail store bought the crated goods and shipped them by train to a warehouse in Cleveland, where they were discovered to contain human skulls when two warehouse workers accidentally dropped a crate and broke a mold containing a skull.