Colombia busts antiquities traffickers

Posted on Jul 29 2014 - 8:00am by Rico

The suspects, all members of the same family, were detained in the southern town of La Cruz for “illegally digging up (pre-columbian) pieces and art,” the statement read.

The relics, kept in a home that was used as a warehouse, were being sold to tourists and collectors, including foreigners, according to police, who were tipped off by falsified export permits.

Authorities did not immediately provide an estimated value for the items.

Sources: El Universal; RCN Radio