A young man in Pennsylvania allegedly left a bag full of marijuana in the back of an Uber last December. Police say he emailed the car service a few days later asking for the bag to be returned. Instead of getting his weed back, and going on his merry way as planned, he has ended up in jail.
Malik Rasaan Mollett, 21, is being held on $150,000 bail in Westmoreland County Prison after admitting to an undercover police officer that the two pounds of marijuana they had in their possession was indeed his.
Mollett took the ride with Uber on December 29, 2018. The unidentified Uber driver contacted police January 2, 2019 after he claims to have taken his first look into the bag that Mollett was asking to have returned. When the driver realized he’d unknowingly been driving around with two pounds of marijuana in his car for three days, he decided to contact the Pennsylvania State Police.
Having been provided Mollett’s phone number by the driver, a state trooper posing as a representative of Uber, called Mollett to set up a time to return the bag. After Mollett texted the officers a photo of the bag to confirm it was his, they agreed to meet in a McDonald’s parking lot in Irwin.
Trooper Steve Limani said that when the undercover officer handed the bag of marijuana back to Mollett, he asked, “How much of it did you smoke?” The trooper assured Mollett that they had not smoked any of it, and walked away from the vehicle. At that time, the other officers moved in to make the arrest. Mollett reportedly changed his story once in custody, claiming the bag was not actually his.
Mollett now faces up to one year in jail, and may have to pay up to $5,000 in fines.