If it hasn’t happened already, it’s only a matter of time before this type of material gets smuggled across the Mexican border into the U.S. and turned into a dirty bomb. Radioactive material has also been found in Mexico in 2014 and 2013.
Three trucks transporting Iridium-192 were found soon after they were stolen in the first such incident this year.
Mexican authorities found three trucks transoprting potentially deadly radioactive material shortly after they were stolen, the Associated Press reports, citing local officials.
The pickup trucks were stolen at midnight in the city of Salamanca, Guanajuato state, and recovered in the neighboring state of Hidalgo, according to Luis Felipe Puente, the head of the national civil defense office. Puente shared the news during a press conference organized to report that the trucks carrying Iridium-192, were stolen.
The radioactive material was sealed and did not present danger unless containers were opened. Iridium-192 is used in medicine to treat cancer.
Full article: Three Stolen Trucks With Radioactive Material Recovered in Mexico (Sputnik News)