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Deals on wheels from Dublin's drug peddling rickshaw drivers

Deals on wheels from Dublin's drug peddling rickshaw drivers

A number of rickshaw drivers operating in Dublin City Centre are selling class A drugs while they work, according to reports on Independent.ie.

A reporter approached rickshaw drivers working in the capital and each of them confirmed they had drugs for sale.

These recordings reveal how the drivers are selling weed, cocaine and pills while working.

When asked to show the pills, one of the drivers lifted up the seat of his rickshaw to reveal where he was keeping his supply.

Another stated that they weren’t “selling tonight” as gardaí were in the area and it was “too risky”.

A source said that some drivers keep locks on their seats to conceal their stash of drugs in case of a spot check by gardaí or Revenue.

It is believed that up to 20 rickshaw garages are currently in operation across Dublin, with two garages located on Montague Lane near the popular nightlife area of Harcourt Street.

The main business for rickshaw drivers comes from picking up punters as they leave pubs and clubs, with the majority of drivers being of Brazilian nationality.

Recently, the Department of Transport and National Transport Authority (NTA) insisted they have “no powers” to regulate the uninsured rickshaws in Dublin city.

Rickshaws have been growing in numbers and taxi drivers and councillors have been calling for regulations to be introduced.