Priceless Egyptian antiquities seized at Laredo, TX, border crossing

Two Egyptian sarcophagi, which U.S. border authorities said were priceless historical artifacts, were seized from a shipment crossing from Mexico into Laredo, TX, in early July.

The unusual seizure was made by officers and import specialists from the Import Specialist Enforcement Team (ISET) at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Laredo port of entry, said CBP on July 31. ISET worked in close coordination with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to seize the “two priceless Egyptian sarcophagi-type artifacts,” it said.

CBP said agents determined the two sarcophagi, one adorned with a wooden mask with glass eyes and the other with a standing lady of painted stucco over linen, were protected antiquities and the rightful property of Egypt.

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