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44 arrested in Greece for antiquities trafficking

 Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...
 Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...
 A police officer holds an ancient coin at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in Greece s...
 Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...

Greece Stolen Antiquities

Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...

Greece Stolen Antiquities

Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...

Greece Stolen Antiquities

A police officer holds an ancient coin at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in Greece s...

Greece Stolen Antiquities

Ancient artifacts sit arranged for photographs at Polygyros police station some 80 km north-east of Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 4, 2012. Police in ...

Police in northern Greece say they have arrested a total of 44 people for illegal traffic in antiquities after they had tracked the group's moves for six months.
Police say they have confiscated 9,200 silver and bronze coins dating from the 6th century B.C. to Byzantine times (4th to 15th century A.D.). They have also confiscated 300 "small artifacts," they said.
The ringleader of the group, a 66-year-old retired customs official, would often travel abroad to arrange for the sale of the coins, police say, who added that 39 of the 44 suspects would excavate in several places in northern and central Greece at the ringleader's request.
The suspects are making depositions to an examining magistrate.


Updated : 2020-12-05 20:15 GMT+08:00