Agent no longer with BLM following Burning Man probe

Jerry McBride, Associated Press

In this Aug. 19, 2009, file photo, Daniel Love, a special agent with the Bureau of Land Management, right, walks in front of Carl “Vern” Crites’ home in Durango Colo., after Crites voluntarily turned over his entire collection of ancient artifacts during a sweeping federal investigation of looting and grave-robbing in the Four Corners region. Daniel Love, a Federal agent who had been scrutinized for his handling of rare evidence as well as behavior at the counterculture Burning Man festival is no longer an employee of the Bureau of Land Management, authorities said Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal agent who had been scrutinized for his handling of rare evidence and his behavior at the counterculture Burning Man festival is no longer an employee of the Bureau of Land Management, authorities said Friday.

Daniel Love, who played a command role in federal agents’ 2014 standoff with Nevada rancher and states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy, no longer works for the agency, spokeswoman Megan Crandall told the Associated Press.

Crandall did not answer questions about the timing or circumstances of Love’s departure, citing federal privacy laws.

A lawyer for Love, Lisa Kleine, did not immediately return messages seeking comment. There was no answer at a publicly listed phone number for him.

Love still worked for the agency on Aug. 24, when a federal investigative report was released saying he handed out valuable stones known as moqui marbles to colleagues and a contractor “like candy,” as one witness told investigators.

The rocks are unique geological formations of iron oxide that form in sedimentary rock, and the agency was holding them as evidence…

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