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They will, without a doubt, die.

5 December 2013

The punishment should fit the crime, and even though it is a violent crime, truck hijacking would not normally be a capital offense (except maybe in barbarous countries like the United States).  However, when the jacked truck in question is carrying a sealed load of Cobalt 60, setting off international alarms and a lot of silly talk about “dirty bombs” (something much easier in the movies than in real life, given the need for special equipment to handle the stuff), unfortunately a painful and horrible death is likely the fate of the unknown thieves.

The load, medical waste from Tijuana, was highjacked at a rest stop in Hueypoxtla, Hidalgo, just north of the Federal District, making international news yesterday.  Before abandoning the truck, the thieves apparently opened the sealed container… not releasing any cobalt into the atmosphere, but according to specialists, undoubtedly giving themselves a radiation poisoning, and likely to die soon. 

I imagine looking for the perps is not likely to rank near the top of any police agenda.  Don’t say the Mexican police aren’t efficient… sooner or later, some copper is going to take a trip to the local morgues and the case will be closed.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. G.S. permalink
    5 December 2013 3:12 pm

    Good post. How was this truck sent out with radioactive material without a transceiver, allowing the Feds to lose track of it? How was it sent out without some kind of escort? If there’s going to be outrage, it might be good to spread it over the authorities who let this sort of thing happen, in a country where trucks are hijacked every day.

  2. 6 December 2013 6:18 am

    I’m trying to picture how they contaminated themselves but not the atmosphere if they unsealed the cargo. I’m also trying not to think about this any longer.

    • 6 December 2013 2:13 pm

      The material was probably a solid, not a powder, so it probably didn’t go anywhere.

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