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ICE Returns 4,000 Stolen Mexican Relics

Charles Reed, Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

The United States is returning to Mexico more than 4,000 architectural relics that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have seized across the nation.

ICE says many of the items date from before European explorers reached the North American continent. The items include pre-Columbian stones used to grind corn and other grains, statues, figurines, copper hatchets and other artifacts.

ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa says ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents in El Paso, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and San Antonio made the seizures.

The artifacts will be shown today at the Mexican consulate in El Paso at 1 p.m. Mexican Consul General Jacob Prado and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations officials will attend the ceremony.

If you are interested in viewing the artifacts, but cannot make it down to El Paso photos and video will provided here.

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