Georgia’s State Security Service has detained two men in Kutaisi who were trying to sell a radioactive substance. As it turned out according to the results of radiological examination, it was an isotope of Americium-241.
The quantity of the radioisotope in the container seized from the attackers is not reported, but the photo and video show that the container has the shape of a small cylinder. It is also known the price of the transaction — 300 thousand euros.
The investigation in the case of illegal management of nuclear materials or devices, radioactive waste, radioactive substances (Article 230, Part 1 of the Criminal Code of Georgia) is being conducted by the Counterintelligence Department of the State Security Service of Georgia.
Americium-241 is most often used in outdated models of smoke detectors. Sometimes this isotope can be made an element of a “dirty bomb” — a combination of an ordinary explosive with radioactive substances — the explosion of which leads to the contamination of a large area. The activity of Americium-241 is 126.8 GBq/g.