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PA man leaves two pounds of pot in Uber

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PITTSBURGH (WPXI/CNN) – A man is in custody in Pennsylvania after authorities say he left two pounds of marijuana inside of an Uber vehicle.

When Malik Mollett booked an Uber ride near Pittsburgh, he left a bag behind that police say had some precious cargo inside.

"He contacted Uber later through email and had asked them to somehow get him back this item, the bag," said Trooper Steve Limani. 

The Uber driver was getting ready to return the bag but looked inside and found two pounds of marijuana, unintentionally left in his backseat.

"When the Uber driver looks at the bag, he realizes he's been toting around a bunch of marijuana that's sealed and packaged inside this bag and he's supposed to deliver it to the person that left his vehicle," said Limani. 

The Uber driver called police instead.

Troopers found Mollett's number in Uber records and reached out to him, pretending to be his Uber driver, even sending him a picture of the bag to ensure it was his.

They chose to meet up at this McDonald's on Route 30 in North Huntingdon.

The undercover officer returned the bag to Mollett, and police say he seemed excited and happy to get it back, still not realizing who was actually behind the delivery.

"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. And he could have it back if this is his. He acknowledged it was his. And at that point in that, our undercover officer walked away and the other undercover officers that were in the restaurant took him into custody," said Limani. 

Mollett is being held on $150,000 bond.

Police say the pot is of a very high grade and has a street value in the thousands of dollars.

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