A ‘fake’ Just Eat delivery driver was arrested after police found bags of weed and bank notes in his delivery bag.
Met Police officers took to Twitter to share a photo of the teenager handcuffed wearing an orange Just Eat jacket with the big cube-shaped orange container, next to an officer in a high vis jacket.
They also released a photo of the contents of his bag, finding at least nine small bags of what appears to be cannabis and £520 in cash.
They tweeted out that the boy had been ‘nicked’ overnight and taken to a police station.
Their @MPSSpecials account tweeted: “This fake take away delivery rider was nicked over night whilst riding through #shoreditch on route to drop off an order.” [sic]
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They received a mixed reaction to their tweet, with some praising the officers but one arguing: “Wow. A few bags of weed that the guy sells to pay his rent in this overpriced bull***t city. Im surprise you’re not getting dragged on here for such a pathetic pointless bust.”
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Others took the opportunity to quip: “Did somebody say… Just Weed”.
Police said special constables saw the 17-year-old riding a bicycle along Great Eastern Street towards Shoreditch High Street just after midnight yesterday.
He tried to take off when they asked him to stop and was “immediately detained” they said, adding that officers “noticed a strong smell of cannabis around him”.
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He was searched and as well as finding the bags of drugs and money, police found a mobile phone “containing information to suggest his involvement in drug dealing”.
He was arrested for possession with intent to supply class B drugs and failing to stop for police.
Following his arrest he was taken into custody and subsequently released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.
Chief Inspector Chris Scammell said: “This was an excellent piece of police work with our volunteer officers from the special constabulary stopping this boy after their suspicions were aroused and seizing drugs and cash. It’s solid work like this that has a real impact on keeping our communities safe.
“Enquiries have confirmed that the boy arrested does not work for a food delivery service and we believe he was using this as a front to organise drug deals.”
A spokesperson for Just Eat confirmed that the company’s Just Eat branded delivery bags and jackets are widely available.
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