Message #83: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: ARPA Convictions, Big Bend TX Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 13:20:32 -0700 (MST) Status: RO From: Anne Vawser Big Bend (Texas) - ARPA Convictions A year-long investigation into suspected looting of archeological sites in the park culminated on March 11th in the conviction of four defendants on six charges of disturbing and possessing archeological, cultural and natural resources. Over the year, rangers investigated several seasonal residents of the area in connection with reports of illegal collecting in the park. On March 9th, a vehicle belonging to one of the suspected collectors was found parked at an access point to several archeological sites. Rangers hiked in, began surveillance of the area, and watched four people collect items for about an hour. They were stopped near the west entrance as they attempted to leave the park. Among the 35 objects that they'd taken were arrowheads, points, chips, a knife and a rainbow cactus.