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February 10 2013

Drug smugglers profit from illegal trade in archaeological artifacts from Mexico

The illegal trade in ancient artifacts is thriving and Pre-Colombian relics from Mexico are among the prized items.

ďAlmost like any crime, itís really the same. Itís profit,Ē said Tim Stone, resident agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations office in Alpine.

HSI is the investigative arm of Immgiration and Customs Enforcement.

Archaeological theft is so profitable, drug smugglers along this remote stretch of border use the same routes to smuggle artifacts into the country.

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