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Is your Uber Driver a Drug Dealer?

Is your Uber Driver a Drug Dealer?

In my last post (Is your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer?), I wrote that I heard drivers that may have picked up a drug dealer or buyer and a reddit forum that has an account of himself (an Uber Driver) pulled over because he was driving around a drug dealer.

Now I am very grateful that Uber gives second chances to past criminals like me, but I wonder if they are too lenient in their background checks. I have a few friends who were drug dealers but now they drive Uber as a steadier form of income.

But recently, I came across an article of an Uber Driver who had drugs on him and was an active dealer.

http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2014/09/tuscaloosa_police_arrest_uber.html

Here are parts of that article:

Less than month since Uber launched its ride-share service in Tuscaloosa, police have charged one driver with possession of marijuana and issued several citations to other drivers for violating the city’s taxicab ordinance.

Tuscaloosa police charged an Uber driver last week with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police also issued the driver, Brandon Devante Oliver, 21, of Tuscaloosa, citations for driving on a suspended license, violation of the open beverage law, not having a tag light, operating a vehicle for hire without a business license, not having a chauffeur permit, and operating a vehicle for hire without proper insurance.

The arrest was part of an undercover operation by the Tuscaloosa Police Department, which released a statement earlier this month saying that, according to the city’s taxicab ordinance, “all drivers and companies that are involved in a taxi service or ride sharing program” must have a business license, a chauffeur license, a background check and vehicle inspection.

An undercover officer who used the Uber mobile app service rode with Oliver and said he smelled marijuana in the vehicle, according to a news release.

Officers later stopped the driver and said they found “a bottle of vodka that the driver had been mixing with a drink while driving and almost one-fourth pound of marijuana with baggies for distribution.”

The driver who attacked his passenger with a hammer was also a past drug dealer:

http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Uber-driver-charged-with-punching-S-F-passenger-5526413.php

A driver with transportation firm Uber was charged Tuesday with striking a passenger in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, in a case that heightened the debate over the regulation of startups that have disrupted the taxi industry.

Daveea Whitmire, 28, of San Francisco punched his passenger in the hand and elbowed him in the chest after the two got into an argument in November, according to the district attorney’s office. The passenger didn’t think Whitmire was the driver assigned to his ride, prosecutors said, and took a photo of the license plate, prompting Whitmire to lash out.

Though Whitmire passed Uber’s background checks, court records show he has a criminal past, including convictions for felony drug dealing and misdemeanor battery.

Whitmire was convicted of a felony for selling marijuana in 2009 and a misdemeanor battery of a store clerk in 2012, as first reported by PandoDaily.

Earlier this year, he was charged with another misdemeanor battery, unrelated to Uber, for allegedly slamming a woman to the ground in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. He has pleaded not guilty.

If the above content didn’t scare you enough, maybe this last line should:

An Uber representative said in an e-mail Tuesday that the company would “defer to the criminal justice system to take matters from here.” Whitmire was let go from Uber last year, the representative said.

Whitmire was let go from Uber last year. So why was he driving on Uber? My guess is that he was using his friends account or paying his friend to use it to earn money on Uber as its good money, especially with his criminal record.

This will be the subject of my future post.

Is Your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer?

Is Your Uber Passenger a Drug Dealer or Buyer

I spoken to a few drivers and some of them say they may have driven around a drug dealer.  Here is a summary of the same story I heard from different drivers.

  • I was picking up someone in downtown. Its was a decent part of town. The person didn’t put in a request and said he was making multiple stops. I said fine. First stop was a Quik Mart in a bad part of town. In and out in about 30 seconds. Next was a gas station a little further in the bad part of town. I locked my doors this time. He took about five minutes. He then wanted to get driven back to the pickup location. Once I dropped him off, I called the cops when looking at the way bill so they have a way to track them.

Some drivers also noted that the passenger either admitted they were getting drugs or were obviously getting drugs. This was a story about how this kid tried to hide it.

  • I picked up a kid at Harvard Business School. He said he wanted to pick up something about two miles away and gave me direction (no address). He was giggling the entire time and smelled a little like weed. He would miss a turn every two minutes. Once we get to the gas station, he shuffles over to a park car. He speaks to the front passenger, gives something and then gets a bag. He shuffles back and request he go back to where we came. I had no idea how so I had to use a GPS as I figured he was probably too high to tell me.

With a quick google search, I found a reddit forum that spoke about other accounts of drug dealers or buyers:

  • http://www.reddit.com/r/uberdrivers/comments/2d26vq/drug_dealers/

Here was another account of a drug dealer: http://uberpeople.net/threads/crazy-riders.97/

I have been doing uber for 6 months and I have done 900 trips, and two days ago picked up a customer who was carrying two boxes, I thought nothing of it so I continued driving until I realized a police car on my tail. I got halfway thru the trip when I was pulled over by the cop and was told to come out with my hands up, I was told to get on the ground, the guy also did the same, I later found out he was a wanted drug dealer. I guess people use uber to sell drugs now lol

Ahmed uberx, Apr 23, 2014

 There are 100 more stories like that. Would you like to add yours to the comments?