An 18-year-old in the U.K. is likely very unhappy about being arrested for cannabis possession after being nabbed with weed and a McDonald’s Happy Meal he was carrying as an apparent food delivery worker.
Carrying an insulated Deliveroo bag and transporting both the McDonald’s burger meal and cannabis — the BBC reports it could not confirm if the teen had any affiliation with either company — officers with the Thames Valley Police stopped the moped-driving man earlier this week in Reading, U.K. to check if he had “insurance to cover deliveries,” notes a police Facebook post.
Police say it appears the driver was in mid-delivery when he was stopped.
The subsequent search by police revealed several violations, including that the delivery bag contained an unspecified amount of cannabis in five smaller bags.
With recreational cannabis not being legal in the U.K., possession of any amount could trigger a maximum penalty of as long as five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both. If a person is convicted of producing or supplying the drug, the prison term could potentially hit 14 years.
“I’m fairly sure your burger and fries don’t come with a free bag or two of cannabis edibles,” the police post quipped.
Beyond being found with the weed, though, the police determined the teen had no insurance, driver’s licence or licence plates, had not completed the compulsory basic training for the moped (which he said he purchased the previous month) and tested positive for cannabis during a roadside test.
The driver was immediately arrested, taken into custody and provided the police with a blood test that “will be sent off for analysis in due course,” the post notes. Furthermore, the moped has been seized for the road traffic offences.
Per Metro, it appears the police know who the teen’s employer is. Whoever that employer is, the police will provide them with information “to make them aware of the clear food safety issues,” states the Facebook post.
Police say it appears the driver was in mid-delivery when he was stopped. /
The BBC reports the meal was not from Deliveroo, adding that McDonald’s uses Uber Eats and Just Eat for food deliveries. As for the customer who actually ordered the meal, it “was safely delivered to the hungry customer prior to heading off to custody,” the police note in responding to reader comments.
The driver reportedly has since been released, but the investigation is continuing.
The Facebook post attracted plenty of comments, including many who would like to use the delivery service offered by the teen.
“I guess you really CAN get some extra herb topping when you order your pizza via Deliveroo,” posted one commenter. “Did they order hash browns?” added another.
Last month in the U.K., a 17-year-old posing as a food delivery worker, complete with a branded jacket and a bag belonging to a food delivery service, was nabbed just after midnight on Sept. 11 while on his way to drop off an “order.”
The teen, who did not work for a food delivery service, was arrested for possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and failing to stop for police.
In the spring of 2020, INTERPOL issued an alert warning that criminal organizations were using food delivery services to transport drugs and other illicit goods in the midst of global pandemic lockdowns.
Citing reported incidents in Ireland, Malaysia, Spain and the U.K., the alert noted at the time that police have been checking cars, motorcycles and bicycles, leaving no mode of transport too small to escape notice and arrest.
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