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Greek police foil attempt to sell antiquities

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek police say they have seized ancient statuettes and an engraved tombstone after a sting operation foiled an attempt to smuggle antiquities.

Authorities arrested three Greeks who allegedly negotiated the sale of the items to an undercover officer from the police’s antiquities smuggling division for euro1.4 million (nearly US$2 million).

Police said Thursday that archaeologists are working to determine the origins of the items – an engraved marble tombstone dating from the 4th or 5th Century B.C., a small bronze horse and a bronze statuette of an enthroned figure.

The suspects are to appear in court later Thursday.

Under Greek law, antiquities found in the country are state property, and it is illegal to possess, excavate, buy or sell them without a permit.

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