WASHINGTON - A Florida fossils and artefacts dealer who admitted helping smuggle relics from Pakistani gravesites and selling some of them for profit was sentenced to two years of probation, The Washington Post reported, citing authorities.

John Bryan McNamara, 51, who lives in the Orlando area, pleaded guilty in US district court in Alexandria late last year to a smuggling conspiracy charge, acknowledging in an agreement with prosecutors that he had worked with Pakistanis to import antiquities from their country into the United States in a way that would not draw unwanted attention from customs officers.

McNamara dealt in such goods and ran an online museum displaying some of his wares. He said in a previous interview that he kept, rather than sold, most of the materials he imported from Pakistan, as his interest was mainly in the scientific value of the relics rather than the monetary value. He said he did not think initially what he was doing was illegal and, in some ways, thought he was rescuing precious materials.