A boy believed to be 6-years-old stumbled upon a bag of white powder found inside a toy egg which police in Northern Ireland believe to be a banned substance known as methamphetamine.
Reports say the boy and his 8-year-old brother were playing together in a street in the Drumachose area of Limavady, Northern Ireland when he found the toy egg lying underneath a hedge and discovered the small bag of white powder when they opened it.
The boys then handed it to their father, the Derry Journal reports.
Another report suggest the drug was found inside a chocolate Kinder egg, but police have not confirmed what kind of toy the methamphetamine was contained in.
PSNI Inspector Colin Shaw called the incident “deeply concerning”.
“Tackling the use and supply of illegal drugs is a priority for us and the possibility that something so potentially dangerous has been discarded where children could find it is deeply concerning,” he said.
Inspector Shaw urged anyone with any information to contact police.
He said: “I don’t want members of the local community to find drugs on their street, however this incident just reminds us that criminals have no regard whatsoever for the safety of local residents.
“I am thankful that this child had the sense to speak to an adult about what he discovered.”
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