and Mendez were charged with -- and eventually pled guilty
to -- conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen property,
and smuggling. In June 1998, Francisco Iglesias was indicted
on the same charges by a federal grand jury. He allegedly
conspired to smuggle the backflap using his diplomatic status
as a way to sidestep U.S. Customs on entering the U.S. Iglesias
is still a fugitive believed to be in Panama.
what of the much sought-after backflap? In July 1998, it was
turned over to the grateful Peruvian Government in an official
ceremony. It was placed in an archeological museum for a special
30-day exhibit approved by the President of Peru. It's now
back in Peru, where it will hopefully rest safely for the
next 2,000 years.