Stolen Artifacts Found in Fort Stockton

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

It sounds like it came right out of an Indiana Jones movie.

More than 4,000 stolen artifacts have been returned to their rightful home in Mexico and one of the men trying to sell some of them was caught right here in West Texas.

U.S. officials displayed the relics at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso before handing them over during a ceremony on Thursday.

Some of these items were uncovered during a string of seizures in West Texas after agents received a tip the relics were being smuggled in at the border in Presidio.

At least one person was busted for stealing the loot.

ICE agents caught Antionio Javier Reyes from McAllen trying to sell some of the goods to some buyers at K-Bob's Steakhouse in Fort Stockton back in 2009.

We're told they also recovered about 200 of those artifacts from an individual in Fort Stockton but it's unclear if Reyes was that individual.

All of the stolen items were seized in 11 separate investigations by immigration and customs enforcement officials.

They were also uncovered in El Paso, Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and San Antonio.