Operation Bring ’em Back is meant to catch looters and retrieve stolen items from archeological sites across central Oregon. For more than three years federal investigators have tracked gangs of artifact-looters and grave robbers in central Oregon. For a century, it’s been illegal to take artifacts from public lands, but thieves are doing it anyway and selling relics on the black market. U.S. Attorney Karen Immergut says operation Bring ’em Back uncovered more than a million dollars in theft and destruction. Immergut says an undercover operation has led to the conviction of 13 people so far, the latest was Michael Orf who pleaded guilty to desecrating and trafficking a Native American skeleton.
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