Deputy fired over Uber Eats orders to Denver CO jail


A Denver sheriff’s deputy was fired for allowing two jail inmates to order from Uber Eats, reports say. The orders reportedly contained smuggled drugs.

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A Denver deputy thought he demonstrated “humanity” by letting two jail inmates order food from Uber Eats, a Colorado investigation showed.

But the prisoners had conspired with a friend to have illegal drugs smuggled into the jail in the orders, disciplinary reports obtained by The Denver Post found.

A disciplinary letter said the deputy, who did not know about the drugs, “unfortunately became an unwary tool in their scheme,” KDVR reported.

He was fired April 29 after he was accused of violating numerous jail policies by allowing the orders, KUSA reported.

“I made a mistake,” the deputy said in disciplinary records quoted by the station. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I was in the wrong and went against my better judgment, and for that, I apologize.”

The deputy allowed two inmates, one accused of murder, to order burritos and Chinese food via Uber Eats or Grubhub as a gesture of gratitude for keeping their part of the Denver Downtown Detention Facility clean, The Denver Post reported.

The deputy told investigators he checked the orders and found nothing amiss, KUSA reported.

After the second order, in which the inmates also ordered food for him as a gift, the deputy told them the outside food orders had to stop, KDVR reported.

The two inmates shared the smuggled drugs with a third prisoner, who used them to attempt suicide, according to the station. He survived.

The sheriff’s disciplinary report said the deputy’s “loss of objectivity” in allowing the outside food orders showed his “lack of fitness” to be a deputy, The Denver Post reported.

The deputy said at his disciplinary hearing that when the inmates jokingly asked to order out for food, he saw it as a chance to demonstrate his “humanity” as deputies sometimes do on the street by buying people coffee or meals, according to the publication.

Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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