Four Corners Antiquities Trafficker Sentenced

Posted on August 9, 2011


You know the story: Feds expend vast resources on “Native American artifact ring bust,” then have to justify the expense and deaths by overcharging everyone that got caught with an arrowhead.

Tad Kreth is the most recent defendant in the Four Corners case to get caught (this time with a sandal).  He was charged with 16 felonies in connection with selling the sandal, which he said he knew was probably from Native American land.  He pled to one count of trafficking in stolen artifacts, and last week was sentenced to 24 months probation.

In May, CPAL reported:

Every day preservationists advocate for tougher prosecution of “crimes against archaeology,” but if this is what tougher prosecution looks like, it just doesn’t seem worth it.  Three men are dead, and the government has spent upwards of half a million dollars.

It’s readily apparent that federal prosecutors overcharged the cases in an attempt to justify the immense resources that went into the investigation.  One has to wonder if that contributed to the suicide death of Dr. James Redd, who in his medical practice served less advantaged communities in Utah….

Illicit excavation is only one misuse of “sacred artifacts.” Another is to use them to justify a witchhunt that serves only government propaganda.

For the full CPAL article, read: The Four Corners Sideshow.

For the full article on Kreth’s sentencing, read: Another defendant sentenced in Four Corners artifact-trafficking case.

Check out other CPAL entries on the Four Corners case.

Hat tip: Derek Fincham.