Mexican Authorities Recover Stolen Radioactive Material

Container reportedly containing radioactive material cobalt-60 that was being sent from a hospital to a radioactive waste-storage center, is seen at a home near where dangerous radioactive medical material was found in a truck in town of Hueypoxtla
Container with radioactive material found. Photo: HENRY ROMERO/Reuters

Mexican authorities have recovered a piece of radioactive equipment that had been stolen out of a pickup truck in the state of Tabasco. This is the fourth time that radioactive material from X-ray machines has been stolen in Mexico.

Last week a small container filled with Iridium-192 had been stolen out of a pickup truck that had been parked at a shopping center when the employees Garantia Radiografica e Ingenieria had gone inside, Mexico’s El Universal reported. In previous cases where radioactive material has gone missing in Mexico, the thieves did not realize what was inside the truck.

In response to the theft, Mexican authorities had issued a massive alert announcing that the stolen truck had radioactive material inside.

This week, Mexican authorities responded to a highway overpass where the small container was abandoned, the box remained sealed and it appears that no one was exposed to the radioactive material.

Tabasco’s governor Arturo Nunez Jimenez announced the recovery of the Iridium-192 through his Twitter account.

In February authorities recovered three pickup trucks containing industrial materials and radioactive material.

In July 2014 a group of thieves stole another truck containing Iridium 192 which had been parked out of a home as the driver slept.

In 2013 a group of thieves stole a truck with Cobalt-60 in the areas surrounding Mexico City. After their arrest, the thieves ended up receiving medical attention for their exposure.

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