From the Daily News:
The Mexican government has set its sights on dozens of ancient bowls and figurines discovered by a Queens rubbish remover in a SoHo apartment.
The Mexican Cultural Institute asked a specialist to review photos of the artifacts found by rubbish remover Nick DiMola and seek their return if they're genuine.
Officials believe international law is on their side in any bid to seize the pieces - left in a barrel at a Prince St. apartment in 2004.
"From 1972 onward, the law declared all the archeological objects in Mexican territory belong in the country of Mexico," said Raúl Zorrilla, executive director of the institute, a branch of the Mexican Consulate.
The pictures were shipped to the specialist on Thursday and should arrive in Mexico within a few days, Zorrilla said.
If they look authentic, the expert may fly to New York and demand DiMola hand them over, Zorrilla said.