Utah residents charged with smuggling Peruvian artifacts

Apr 4 2013 - 9:12am


Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru


SALT LAKE CITY -- Two Utah residents are among four people charged with smuggling Peruvian artifacts into the United States.

Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Cesar Guarderas and 45-year-old Rosa Isabel Guarderas of West Valley City were arrested and released late last month and face a court hearing Friday.

Prosecutors say undercover agents were able to buy a dozen Peruvian artifacts from Cesar Guarderas in November for $23,000. Officials say the artifacts were examined by professors at Utah Valley University and Tulane University, who determined they were authentic.

Prosecutors believe Guarderas had connections in Peru with access to more than 100 pieces of pottery. The indictment also says an associate bribed officials in Peru to get the artifacts out of the country.

A message left for the Guarderases was not immediately returned Thursday morning.


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