Nearly two million dollars worth of ancient Florida artifacts are now evidence in a case of criminal conspiracy.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Officers nabbed 14 people after a two year investigation into missing artifacts from state lands.
Officers say the suspects were sneaking on to state property at night to dig and dive for the pieces of history.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Major Curtis Brown says the suspects were selling the items on the internet.
“Some of these items and they are displayed on these posters, they were for sale for 100,000 dollars. They were sold online, websites, Ebay, Craigslist, tradeshows and of course the black-market,” said Brown.
Some of the suspects are experienced divers and experts in Florida history.
They had been operating for years. No one knows how many artifacts were shipped out of state.