Missing cyanide reportedly recovered in Mexico

| Monday, June 03, 2002

Mexican authorities said Thursday they found all 96 containers of cyanide stolen earlier this month, ending fears they might be used by terrorists targeting the United States, AP reported.

A policeman on Wednesday found about 70 blue drums marked with skulls and believed to contain cyanide in a rural gully near Honey, 80 miles north of Mexico City and about 420 miles south of McAllen, TX.

Police said they now believe a hapless gang of thieves, not terrorists, were behind the May 10 hijacking of the truck carrying the sodium cyanide. Police said previously the hijackers were not looking for cyanide, but were criminals who routinely hijack trucks on Mexican highways to sell their contents on the black market.

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