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Museums turn over ancient art as smuggling investigation presses on
Museums turn over ancient art as smuggling investigation presses on

It sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, but Operation Hidden Idol is very real -- an active federal investigation into a former New York-based art and antiquities dealer, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday. As previously reported in the Los Angeles Times, Subhash Kapoor, 65, has been charged with running a $100-million artifacts smuggling ring -- among the largest of such operations in the world, officials said. He is awaiting trail in Chennai, India, where he has pleaded not guilty. The New York Times reported this week that some American museums including the Peabody Essex in Salem, Mass., and the Honolulu Museum of Art have begun to return objects...

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