U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seize two priceless Egyptian sarcophagi.
The Egyptian artifacts were seized at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.
One sarcophagus has a wooden mask with glass eyes and the other has a standing lady of painted stucco over linen.
After finding the sarcophagi in a shipment, Laredo Import Specialist Enforcement Team contacted the Egyptian Ministry for State of Antiquities and found that the artifacts were property of Egypt.
The artifacts were seized because of a lack of export documentation, required for transporting artifacts out of Egypt.
“This seizure reflects good collaborative work between CBP officers, import specialists and HSI to ensure enforcement of U.S. law and international conventions protecting cultural property,” Jose Uribe, CBP Assistant Port Director, Laredo Port of Entry, said in a news release. “These artifacts are the priceless cultural patrimony of Egypt. CBP and HSI will continue to move forward with the forfeiture process to provide for, if no valid petitions are granted, an eventual return of these artifacts to Egypt.”