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Feb 23, 2010 5:16 PM

Man in artifacts case says he wasn't read his rights

The brother of a Utah sheriff is accusing federal agents of misconduct when they arrested him last June for allegedly trafficking in ancient American Indian artifacts.

David Lacy testified Tuesday that heavily armed agents stormed his house and held him for hours while grilling him about his collection of artifacts - all without reading him his Miranda rights against self-incrimination. 

The agents earlier testified in Salt Lake City on Tuesday that they did everything properly.  Lacy is a brother of the sheriff of San Juan County in southeast Utah and one of 26 collectors and dealers in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico who were arrested after a two-year sting operation. The Blanding, Utah, high school teacher maintains his collection of American Indian artifacts was legally obtained.

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