Mexican Authorities Find Stolen Radioactive Material After 10 Days

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Mexican authorities have recovered a container with radioactive rods that had been stolen 10 days ago in the central part of the country.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior announced on September 28  that a pickup truck carrying a container of Iridium-192 was stolen in the Mexican state of Queretaro.

The theft of the pickup took place in the town of San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, in the central part of Mexico. In response to the missing radioactive material, Mexico’s government placed six central and southern states on heightened alert and deployed federal police forces to search for the stolen radioactive material.

The alert went on for 10 days until authorities were able to locate the missing vehicle and the radioactive material. 

On Wednesday, Mexico’s MVS Noticias reported that authorities had recovered the stolen truck and moments later they recovered the missing radioactive material.

As previously reported by Breitbart Texas, in April 2015, thieves stole another vehicle in  central Mexico which had also been carrying a container with Iridium-192. That equipment turned up days later when the thieves left the container near a highway overpass.

The theft of trucks containing radioactive material happens more often that the Mexican government would like to admit. In February 2015 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 a 2013 incident, a group of thieves who stole a truck loaded with Cobalt-60 had to receive medical attention after being exposed to the materials.

According to the warning by the Mexican government Iridium-192 can be dangerous to human health if removed from its special transportation container.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.


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