- Jan 2, 2006
- Detector(s) used
- Minelab SD2200D (Modded)/ Whites GMT 24k / Fisher FX-3 / Fisher Gold Bug II / Fisher Gemini / Schiebel MIMID / Falcon MD-20
- Primary Interest:
- All Treasure Hunting
With the exception of the arrest part, this story seems to have a lot in common with that guy Joe Cummings that wrote "Lure of the Caballos". He went through all kinds of hell when he found Platinum Group Metals in assays from the Caballos.The man to who I refer was a treasure hunter for many years. He recently passed away. Some considered him a con-artist while others considered him quite the authority on several subjects in which he immersed himself. Victorio Peak being one. Some investors had backed his work searching for awhile. He felt that when he had stumbled onto the cavern-- he was set up and arrested by the State of NM. He was charged with 72 counts of various crimes. All of which, but 3, were eventually dropped by the state. It was a long process in the court system but it was real. Conspiracy theories say they had him arrested in hopes to get him away from the cavern long enough so they could finish the discovery. The conspirators were unable to access his claim because his name was the only one registered as a legal mining company. He had explained that to me that he had the rights/permit to what was in the ground as mineral rights but the government had the rights to the land or what was above the ground. He had gone through the permitting process with the government. Due to the legal battles he faced he was told by the judge that he had to give up his claim and permits to the entrance of the claim--which was about 2 years ago. That is about when the pictured bar came into play. There is much more to the story but that was a brief synopsis. Which is why I am curious as how to how to either give credibility to the bar as having historical value or disprove it as real silver but fake story. The XRP confirms it has value as silver and copper. If it is old then there is a story. If it is determined not to be old then the story is just a tall tale.