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US Authorities Recover 300 Peruvian Artifacts


U.S. authorities have recovered more than 300 ancient Peruvian artifacts hidden in South Florida after a two-month smuggling investigation.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement statement issued Friday says 322 pre-Columbian artifacts were recovered in one of the largest seizures of its kind.

Authorities say the pieces date as far back as 1500 B.C. , and include ancient pottery, burial shrouds, statues and gold jewelry.

Authorities believe the artifacts were smuggled from Peru. Immigration agents arrested one person in Miami in connection to the case.

The consul general of Peru in Miami, Jorge Roman, thanked federal and local law enforcement officials for recovering the nation's treasures.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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