Kazakhstani Officials Confiscate 1.5kg Uranium Oxide, Heroin


Kazakhstani Committee for National Security agents confiscated 1.5kg of uranium oxide powder and heroin worth approximately 2 million tenge ($13,600 as of 11 March 2002) and arrested two Uzbekistani citizens in Makhtaaral Region, Yuzhno-Kazakhstan Oblast, Kazazhstan, Interfax reported on 11 March 2002. The report did not specify the enrichment level of the uranium. Radiation emitted by the uranium oxide exceeded normal levels by 340 times. According to a press release by the Committee for National Security, the arrests were the result of an operation directed against international drug trafficking. Kazakhstani officials believe the smugglers are part of a ring trafficking in radioactive materials and narcotics.

Abstract Number:  20020190
Headline:  Kazakhstani Officials Confiscate 1.5kg Uranium Oxide, Heroin
Date:  11 March 2002
Bibliography:   Interfax, https://www.interfax.ru
Material:    Uranium (natural or form unidentified)


March 11, 2002

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