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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 19

ANCIENT COIN HOARD RETURNED TO SAUDI ARABIA

The ICE man cometh.  Gar Travis forwarded this article from
The Washington Times about the seizure of a hoard of ancient
coins by Customs officials:

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has returned
to the Saudi government more than 130 pounds of ancient coins
that agents seized from a man who had removed them illegally
from a shipwreck in the Red Sea.

"Artifacts such as these coins are not trinkets that can be pilfered
and sold to the highest bidder," said Department of Homeland Security
Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers, who heads ICE. "To their rightful
owners, these artifacts are priceless items that are cherished and
proudly displayed as a testament to their cultural history."

A tip by a confidential informant to ICE in Miami resulted in an
investigation that led agents to a Key West, Fla., man who admitted
to taking the coins improperly while spearfishing in an area near
Jidda in Saudi Arabia in 1994, said ICE spokesman Marc Raimondi."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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