Turkish police seize 18 grams of californium used in nuclear weapons – Authorities

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Ankara – Turkish police found 18 grams (0.6 ounces) of radioactive californium, used in nuclear and reactors, in a in the country’s northwestern Bolu province, the provincial administration said in a statement on Saturday.

According the authorities, the police had stopped a near the Ataturk park during an anti- operation and “during the search, 18.01 grams of Californium … were seized.

“The given substance, the estimated cost of which is $72 million, … was sent Turkey’s Atomic Energy Authority for examination.”

Five people were arrested as part of the case, and an investigation is underway.