Federal agents in Salt Lake City, Utah arrested 24 people in what they're calling the largest investigation ever of stolen Native American artifacts. The defendants are accused of being part of a network that stole artifacts from public and Native American land and then sold them.
As you know - I have also been trying to speak out about the tragedy in America of selling what I refer to as "archaeological evidence" :
- Iroquoian Pottery With Faces
- Cahokia Copper Axe Stolen
- Copper Collection Leaves Many With Questions
- Ebay and Archaeology Don't Mix
- Buying and Selling Artifacts...and American Tragedy
Let's face it folks - - stealing artifacts from sites to sell is NOT COLLECTING!
According to KSL.com -
"According to court documents, an inside source working with the FBI secretly taped, with both audio and video, the alleged looters and bought, at the direction of the government, 256 artifacts worth more than $335,000.
"The illegal network is a very close knit entity," FBI Special Agent Patrick Brosnan wrote in the affidavit. "Individuals who deal in stolen archaeological objects are usually very careful to disguise the site of origin."
List of defendants:
- Loran St. Clair, 47, Monticello
- Rulon Kody Sommerville, 47, Monticello
- Kevin W. Shumway, 55, Blanding
- Sharon Evette Shumway, 41, Blanding
- David A. Lacy, 55, Blanding
- Aubry Patterson, 55, Blanding
- Dale J. Lyman, 73, Blanding
- Jeanne Redd, 59, Blanding
- James D. Redd, 60, Blanding
- Raymond J. Lyman, 70, Blanding
- Vern Crites, 74, Durango, Colo.
- Marie Crites, 68, Durango, Colo.
- Steven Shrader, Durango, Colo.
- Tammy Shumway, 39, Blanding
- Joseph Smith, 31, Blanding
- Meredith Smith, 34, Blanding
- Harold Lyman, 78, Blanding
- Reese Laws, 27, Blanding
- Nick Laws, 30, Blanding
- Brandon Laws, 38, Blanding
- Tad Kreth, 30, Blanding
- Brent Bullock, 61, Moab
- Richard Bourret
If convicted, those indicted face one to 10 years in prison.