FBI Adventure, Peru


Garcia 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.

And 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.

Photograph of a jungle

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