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Operation against illegal trade of artefacts ends up in 40 arrests | ArchaeoFeed
Police officers arrested a total of 40 people in Bulgaria, Turkey and France and about 5500 items were seized as part of an operation aimed against illegal trafficking of items of cultural historical value, including ancient archaeological objects made of gold and silver. Gold among of the recovered artefacts (by Independent Balkan News Agency) The investigation began a year and a half ago by Bulgarian anti-organised crime officers and in co-operation with the other police services, expanded to Turkey and France. The operation was against organised crime groups assisting international channels for illicit trafficking and trade in artefacts acquired mainly through illegal archaeological digs, mainly in Bulgaria and Turkey. The police operations were conducted in three stages. Two of them are part of a larger international operation against crimes against cultural heritage between Bulgaria, France and Turkey and with the assistance of Serbia. Part of the recovered artefacts (by