BRASILIA, Brazil, March 4 (UPI) -- Brazilian police have filed charges against thirteen people for attempting to smuggle fossils out of the country. If convicted, defendants could face up to 20 years in jail.
The indictments come in the wake of a massive seizure of more than 1,000 fossils this past fall in France. The confiscated specimens were apparently on their way to museums in Europe and Asia. Brazilian police have yet to unveil the names of the accused smugglers, but authorities claim one of them is a German national who works for renowned museums around the world, including several in the U.S.