Below is a release about ancient artifacts headed back to Turkey following a 2013 smuggling investigation:

6th Century B.C. historical artifacts returned to Turkish government


NEW YORK — Dozens of priceless historical artifacts dating back more than 2,500 years looted from the Republic of Turkey and illegally smuggled into the United States were returned to the Turkish government Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The artifacts were intercepted at Newark International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in February 2013 and HSI Newark returned the items Tuesday subsequent to an investigation that determined the artifacts were illegally smuggled out of Turkey using false documentation destined for an individual in Illinois. The Turkish government received the following items dating to the 6th Century B.C.:

48 ancient arrowheads

15 ancient coins

one ancient ring

one ancient metal horse trapping cheek piece

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