Police Seizes 18 Grams of Radioactive Californium in Northern Turkey

The Turkish police found a substance that is believed to be the radioactive chemical element Californium during an operation in the northwestern province of Bolu.

Some 18.1 grams (0.63 ounces) of Californium – an element used in nuclear weapons and reactors – was seized in a car by anti-smuggling and organized crime police, Bolu Governorate said in a statement. 

The substance was sent to Turkey’s Atomic Energy Authority for analysis, while five people were taken into custody for interrogation. The seized Californium has an estimated market value of $72 million.

 

[Source: Anadolu Agency]