Fired UPS driver’s suit claims he wouldn’t deliver pot

A former UPS delivery man from Clarkston says he was told to deliver a package “even if it contained illicit drugs” and was eventually fired after he opened the package and found marijuana.

A lawyer for Steven Mojica tells the Detroit News his client refused to deliver a suspicious 4-pound next-day package to a house on Murphy Street.  As a result, his UPS supervisors then accused him of theft, reported him to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and fired him in early August.

Mojica is suing the delivery company for reinstatement of his job, lost wages and damages resulting from mental and emotional distress.

Mojica claims he was about to contact police when he received another message instructing him to call a supervisor, who allegedly told Mojica “he should have delivered the package, even if it contained illicit drugs.”

At that point, Mojica claimed he opened the package and found it contained large sealed bags of what appeared to be marijuana. He continued his route for another two hours before he turned it over to a Loss Prevention employee.
A UPS spokeswoman tells the News they haven’t seen the lawsuit, but said there are reporting procedures in place for suspicious packages.

“It’s nice to know UPS can guarantee delivery to drug dealers and fire employees that refuse to deliver their drugs,” said Mark Porter, Mojica’s attorney.

In an unrelated case, authorities last month arrested the manager of a UPS store in Atlanta for allegedly stealing a package that contained marijuana, selling it and lying to authorities.

But lest you think UPS is the delivery service of choice for dealers, an informal and unscientific poll on shows senders prefer the U.S. Postal Service.