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While you are storming up something good, here is another high five for justice out of Salt Lake City.
A Colorado man who sold Native American relics on the Internet is the latest person charged in a far-reaching federal investigation into the looting of ancient Southwestern artifacts. Robert B. Knowlton, 66, is charged with four counts of illegally selling archaeological artifacts and one count of transporting them from Colorado to Utah.
Knowlton is the 26th person charged as part of a federal sting spanning more than two years in the Four Corners region. Knowlton – who ran an Internet-based business called Bob’s Flint Shop – met at least twice in 2008 with an artifacts dealer working undercover for the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, according to a search warrant affidavit. On one of those visits, Knowlton said his collection included about 3,700 artifacts with a retail value of a half-million dollars or more, documents said. Dig the link to read more about this scum bucket.