According to this source (I am uncertain about the accuracy of the account; it’s as of now unconfirmed–h/t to Dave Meadows for the link) the lead codices might have been sold to an Israeli antiquities dealer.
Jordanian Official: Ancient Manuscripts Discovered In Jordan Sold On Black Market To Israel Dealer
Dr. Ziyad Al-Sa’d, director-general of Jordan’s antiquities authority, yesterday told a press conference that the Jordanian government had information that first-century BC manuscripts discovered in a cave in the north of the country were several years ago sold on the black market to an Israeli antiquities dealer.
The Israeli then showed them to a British archeologist from Cambridge, who notified the Jordanian antiquity authorities.
Al-Sa’d noted that the manuscripts were vitally important, and could shed new light on the source of Christianity and the New Testament. He added that the Jordanian antiquities authority would take all steps to regain its stolen property.
Source: Factjo,com, April 3, 2011; Al-Dustour, Jordan, April 4, 2011
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