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Klamath Falls man pleads guilty to stealing Native American artifacts

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Artifacts and drugs recovered from Cotellese's home (Courtesy: Oregon State Police) Artifacts and drugs recovered from Cotellese's home (Courtesy: Oregon State Police)
KLAMATH COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

A man will spend 20 days in jail after he stole and sold Native American artifacts in Klamath Falls.

Oregon State Police said on Feb. 19, 2015 they served a search warrant at the home of Douglas Cotellese, 47, after an investigation into the unlawful take, possession and sale of Native American artifacts.

At Cotellese's home, OSP recovered many archaeological objects including funerary and sacred items. Troopers also found methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia.

Jennifer Daniels, 42, was in the home when the search warrant was served and was arrested for multiple drug charges.

On Jan. 13, Cotellese pled guilty to abuse of Indian graves, which is a "C" felony. He will spend 20 days in jail, pay $1,020 in fines. and serve 20 hours of community service.

Daniels pled guilty to unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine on Jan. 6. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and pay $2,000 in fines.

Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless it is authorized by permit.

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