July 14, 2009

Whistleblower in trafficking case threatened

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The undercover operative who helped unravel the massive illegal artifact trafficking case in Blanding, Utah, was threatened with a baseball bat for his role as a whistleblower in the case.

The man now charged with threatening the whistleblower told federal agents, he “wanted to hurt him real bad,” according to Christopher Smart of the Salt Lake Tribune. Charles Denton Armstrong, now charged with felony retaliation, made the threat after one of the other trafficking suspects in the case committed suicide. Multiple arrests related to the theft and illegal trade of Native American antiquities enraged many in the town.

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