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A fake Just Eat driver was arrested by police after the discovered drugs in his delivery bag instead of the customary food.
Police revealed over the weekend that the man had been nicked and that copious amounts of drugs and cash had been confiscated.
In a photo shared on Twitter by the Metropolitan Police's Specials Unit, bags of drugs, which appear to be weed, a mobile phone and hundreds of pounds in cash can be seen.
The cops wrote: "This fake take away delivery rider was nicked over night whilst riding through #shoreditch on route to drop off an order.
"Currently enjoying one our fine en-suites. @MPSHackney @MPSTowerHam."
This fake take away delivery rider was nicked over night whilst riding through #shoreditch on route to drop off an order. Currently enjoying one our fine en-suites. @MPSHackney @MPSTowerHam pic.twitter.com/0EMWkBT3v8
- MPSSpecials (@MPSSpecials) September 11, 2021
According to reports, the 17-year-old man was seen riding his bike along Great Eastern Street towards Shoreditch High Street at around midnight on Saturday (11 September).
After asking him to stop, it's understood that he attempted to ride off but was immediately detained by the officers.
Police also reportedly 'noticed a strong smell of cannabis around him'.
While searching the man, as well as money, officers found a mobile phone, which they reportedly said contained 'information to suggest his involvement in drug dealing'.
And the teenager was subsequently arrested for possession with intent to supply class B drugs and failing to stop for police.
Speaking about the incident, Chief Inspector Chris Scammell praised the officers involved.
He 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."
News of the arrest sparked a debate in the comments of the police Twitter account, with people disagreeing on whether this is a good use of police time.
"Waste of police time. Stopping a few people having a joint, wow," wrote one.
While another supported the police effort, commenting: "What about the wider implications? Funding organised crime? Leading to the exploitation of vulnerable children in the community getting being dragged in, whether it be buying or selling? Great job I say."
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