A tenacious taxi driver sniffed out a pair of drug dealers who hired his cab to transport four kilos of cannabis to their local post office 300 yards away.
Uber cabbie Grant Miller followed his nose when he noticed a distinctive aroma coming from his boot after picking up Lin Wang and Ming Xin Wu.
The pair had packed a box with the drug and were seeking to post it from Newcastle to an address in Belfast, Chronicle Live reports .
But while they were arranging the delivery, Grant flagged down a passing police officer and raised the alarm.
Wang and Wu were jailed for a total of 13 months at Newcastle Crown Court, and Grant says he is “chuffed to bits” the dealers are off the streets.
“I’m anti-drugs . I’ve seen enough of it on the streets of Newcastle and I’m chuffed to bits they got jailed.”
Grant described the journey in Gateshead on November 11 last year as “strange” and said that he learnt how to spot people smuggling drugs at his previous job as a doorman.
He explained: “I always lift bags and packages in to the boot of the car as part of my service, but he didn’t want to pass the box to me. He didn’t want me to touch it and he wanted to put it in the boot himself.
“When I was driving them I passed a police car parked up on the side of the road, so when they went in to the post office I drove back around and told the police . I said, ‘I am 95% sure that they were posting cannabis’. I just knew it.”
Wang and Wu were arrested, and Wang said she had been asked to come to Newcastle from London to post a package and would be paid £50.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said: “The Crown takes the view the account put forward is improbable but doesn’t seek a trial of issue.
“The Crown says she played a significant role and was motivated by financial or other advantage.”
Lin Wang was jailed for seven months, Ming Xin Wu was jailed for six months
The court heard Wang had been illegally trafficked to the UK ten years ago and would be deported after serving her sentence.
Jacqueline Coxon, defending, said: “Miss Wang has had some difficult years here in the UK as a result of being trafficked here and having suffered domestic violence .
“At the time of this offence she was a member of the community in London, she was working, and she accepts she naively took an opportunity to travel to Newcastle.
“When she became aware what she was being asked to do she accepts she did not retreat from her behaviour and continued with her task of posting the cannabis parcel.”
Wang, 25, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven months while Wu, 33, also of no fixed address, who was sentenced at a previous hearing, got six months.