Uber Involved in Setting Up Marijuana Sting
A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested after leaving two pounds of weed in the back seat of an Uber.
Last month, Malik Mollett booked himself an Uber near Pittsburgh. When he got out of the car at the end of his ride, he accidentally left behind a bag he had brought with him. The bag contained some pretty precious cargo — two pounds of marijuana, which Mollett tried to get back by reaching out to Uber.
“He contacted Uber later through email and had asked them to somehow get him back this item, the bag,” State Trooper Steve Limani told WPXI.
The Uber driver located the bag and was preparing to return it when he discovered that it was full of weed. So instead of moonlighting as a drug mule, he called the police instead.
The police then contacted Mollett and pretended to be the Uber driver in order to arrange a meet up under the pretence of returning the bag. Not only did Mollett take the bait, but he also left little doubt about his knowledge of the bag’s contents when he met the undercover officers at a local McDonald’s and allegedly asked them, “How much of this did you guys smoke?”
Shortly afterward, officer arrested Mollett, who faces serious charges over the incident. In Pennsylvania, people caught with two pounds of cannabis face up to one year in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. And if that seems absurd in an age when more and more states are legalizing recreational use, keep in mind that Mollett would be in even more trouble if he got caught in a legal state like Colorado, where he would face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000 for egregiously exceeding the legal possession limit.