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Media Advisory

FBI Miami November 30, 2009
  • Special Agent Michael D. Leverock (305) 944-9101

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be holding a ceremony on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to return pre-Columbian artifacts to the governments of Peru and Ecuador. These artifacts represent their cultural heritage and are historically significant to the people of Peru and Ecuador. Pre-Columbian art consists of pottery, baskets, jewelry, carvings, figurines and sculptures that pre-date the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas. The pre-Columbian artifacts in this matter are considered by experts to range from 500 to 3,200 years old. Some of the artifacts will be on display during the ceremony.

Participating in the ceremony will be John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office; Jaime Arrospide, Deputy Consul General, Peruvian Consulate, Miami; Juan Carlos Toledo, Consul General, Ecuadorian Consulate, Miami; and Maria Veronica Endara, Vice Consul General, Ecuadorian Consulate, Miami.

The media is welcome and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

The following is information regarding the ceremony:

Date: December 1, 2009
Time: Door opens at 9:30 a.m. for set-up
Ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m.
Place: FBI Office
16320 NW 2nd Avenue
North Miami Beach, Florida 33169

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact SA Judy Orihuela at (305) 787-6409.