Feds begin removing artifacts from Utah home

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Blanding, Utah (AP) - Federal officials are removing American Indian artifacts from the family home of two Utah women who pleaded guilty to illegally removing the items from public or tribal land.

Dan Barnes, a special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, told the Salt Lake Tribune that several vehicles, including two rental trucks, arrived Tuesday to seize the relics from the home in Blanding.

On Monday, Jeanne Redd, 59, and her daughter, Jerrica, 37, pleaded guilty to several felony counts charges stemming from a sweeping federal investigation into the theft and illegal trafficking of artifacts.

Barnes says all the Indian relics in the home, whether from public or private lands, would be taken away.

The retrieval of artifacts is part of a plea agreement approved by a federal judge Monday in Salt Lake City.

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