Jul 04, 2018
By Michael Kramer
Italian police say they have dismantled an international ring trafficking in thousands of ancient artifacts – illegally excavated in Sicily.
Authorities allege that the digs were commissioned by a London art dealer, 64-year old William Veres -who’s been served with an international warrant.
Twenty Italians were arrested in Italy, one in Spain, and one in Germany.
Some 20,000 objects recovered included ancient coins, statues and pottery – as well as fake artifacts.
Police say many objects were smuggled into Germany – where they were falsely labeled as legitimate – and offered by auction houses in Munich.