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.