A man brazenly rang up a cab firm to ask a driver to return his bag of cocaine after he left it in the back seat.
John McAlea, boss of Belfast-based Park Taxis, said shameless passengers calling up the depot to ask for their lost narcotics is actually a constant issue for his firm.
Mr McAlea said that "drug runs" are a constant problem for his staff.
He said: “The bag of coke was dropped in the car and the driver went and picked up another passenger.
“And while he was in the car, the person had rang the depot saying that he’d dropped something in the car and asking if the driver could bring it back to him.
“So the desk rang the driver and asked, and the pensioner, a woman in the back of the car, said: ‘All there is is this’ – she didn’t even know what it was.”
The bag of cocaine was flushed down the toilet, Belfast Live reports.
He added: “People are carrying drugs and if they come to any sort of check point they can drop it on the floor and say it must have been the last passenger.
“People are getting taxis in our areas and they say: ‘We’re just going here and back again’, and drivers know what they’re going for. It puts the driver on the spot.
“Say he does a run from Ardoyne to the Shankill and he realises it’s a drugs run.
"And there’s two people in the car and one gets out and one stays in, he can’t challenge them because he’s on his own.
“So when we get enough information about a person or about an address then we blacklist them.
“It’s never going to control the problem in our areas but if everybody did a little then it helps.
“A child could have got in and put that in their mouth. It’s a huge risk.”
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