Plenty of people leave things behind in Ubers and have the driver return whatever they left to them; but this Pennsylvania man would have been better off just forgetting about it.
A Pennsylvania man who left two pounds of pot in an Uber driver’s vehicle was arrested by police when he tried to retrieve the weed. Malik Mollett, 21, was arrested by undercover state troopers on January 9, according to media reports.
Mollett had hailed a Uber near Pittsburgh late last month, but at the end of his ride forgot a bag with two sealed one-pound packages of cannabis. When he realized that he left his weed in the car, he contacted Uber in an attempt to recover the bag.
WXPI reports that the driver said he received an email from Uber on Dec. 29 stating that his passenger, Malik Mollett, had left a package in the back seat. The email also contained a number where Mollett could be reached to return his belongings.
On Jan. 2, the driver reportedly alerted the police that he had found a bag containing a large amount of weed. Mollett had allegedly been trying to contact the driver, even texting a picture of the bag to verify that he was the owner.
After the driver told the cops about the pot package on Jan. 2, police then contacted Mollett, posing as Uber. The undercover cop to meet Mollett at a McDonald’s on Jan. 9, almost two weeks after he originally left the drugs in the Uber.
At the meeting, Mollett, who appeared relieved and happy to recover the bag, again confirmed that it was his. Trooper Steve Limani said that Mollett even joked with the undercover police officer.
“I think he even made a reference to ‘how much of this did you guys smoke?’ And the undercover officer that we had dropping it off said they did not consume any of his marijuana,” Limani said.
The first trooper then exited the fast food restaurant and a second undercover officer then came in and arrested Mollett.
Police say that the two pounds of pot recovered is high quality and worth thousands of dollars on the street. Mollett is being held at the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of a $150,000 bond. He has been charged with drug possession and criminal use of a communication facility.