Federal agents are executing a search warrant in Orchard Mesa that BLM officials say is related to a recent artifact theft case focused in the Four Corners area.
According to Erin Curtis of the BLM in Grand Junction, crews started the search at 1602 Dolores Street in Orchard Mesa just after 1 p.m. Thursday.
Two dozen people have been indicted as part of a sweeping federal investigation into ancient artifacts stolen from public and Indian lands in the Four Corners region. The indictments were unsealed Wednesday.
Those involved are accused of stealing, receiving or trying to sell artifacts including bowls, pipes, sandals, arrowheads, jars, necklaces and other items. Nineteen of those indicted are from Utah.
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