Park City, Utah (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he stands behind the investigation that resulted in the indictments of 24 people accused of illegally trafficking in ancient artifacts from the Four Corners area.
Responding to a question from the Associated Press at the Western Governors' Association meeting on Monday, Salazar said he didn't have any regrets about the case involving residents of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
On Saturday, Utah's two U.S. Senators said they want congress to investigate the actions of federal agents who arrested 23 of those indicted last week following a two-year undercover investigation.
The Republicans said the raid was overkill.
Salazar said laws intended to protect American Indian artifacts from harm should be followed and federal agents did what they had to do in carrying out the investigation and arrests.
(COPYRIGHT 2009 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus