A six-year-old boy in northern Ireland discovered a Kinder Surprise egg under the hedge while playing with his eight-year-old brother, but the surprise came when they opened it. There was a small bag of white powder in it, which the police later identified as methamphetamine.

The boys were playing on a street in the Drumachose area of Limavady when they found the chocolate toy egg. They gave it to their father who then handed it over to the police.

“The contents of the bag, which was found inside a toy egg, is believed to be methamphetamine. This small quantity of drugs will be disposed of by police,” the Telegraph quoted Inspector Colin Shaw of the Police Service of Northern Ireland as saying. “This incident is of the uppermost concern for all of us. 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 urged anyone with information to contact the police, the Independent reported.

“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, and I am thankful that this child had the sense to speak to an adult about what he discovered,” he added.

DUP Councilor Alan Robinson lauded the kids for passing on the Kinder Surprise egg to their father. He said that as a father of a child, he understood how much the contents of a Kinder Surprise egg attract children and the boys did a commendable job by handing over the contents to their parents.

“Our children are precious and they should not be exposed to such danger,” he said. He added that the family told him that the kids have been informed that the toy contained illegal drugs.