POLICE say white powder, believed to be meth amphetamine, has been found inside a toy egg in Co Derry.
It was handed into police on Sunday by a member of the public after a young boy found it in the Drumachose area of the town.
Police described it as a small amount of the drug.
One theory being investigated is that it may been intended to try and smuggle the drugs into Magilligan jail.
“That something so potentially dangerous has been discarded where children could find it is deeply concerning,” said PSNI Inspector Colin Shaw.
“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.
“We work continually with partners in education, youth provision and health services to educate young people about the dangers of drugs and to deter them from becoming involved in drugs.
“We can only be successful in our efforts when we work together. I would ask everyone in the local community to help us, and if you have information about the sale or misuse of illegal drugs, please contact us on 101.
“It is only with your assistance and information that we can identify offenders and bring them to justice.
“I don’t want members of the local community to find drugs on their street.
“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.”