MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities announced on Monday that they have found and safely recovered the radioactive material Iridium 120 which was stolen on July 8 in Mexico City.
The container holding the recovered Iridium-192 was not manipulated and is in a safe state under the protection of the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards of Mexico, the Mexican Civil Protection said in a statement.
The authorities also confirmed that the container belongs to a company engaged in industrial radiography, and that the Iridium-192 inside is dangerous to human health if extracted.
The radioactive material was recovered after the responsible company received an anonymous call which led the experts to a delivery point, where serial numbers and radiation levels were checked, the authorities added.
After the stolen material was found in a vehicle parked in Mexico City, the authorities proceeded to withdraw and cancel the warning notice in the capital and in other states such as Morelos, Puebla and Oaxaca.
Since late 2013, there have been 12 cases of stolen radioactive material in Mexico.