Ice Cream Man Arrested for Serving Up Meth

By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on May 23, 2014 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

We've seen "Breaking Bad," but how about scooping bad?

A Bay Area ice cream truck driver was arrested after a customer told police he received a bag of methamphetamine along with his change.

Have authorities captured a real-life Gustavo Fring or is this ice cream man getting a bad rap?

I'm Your Ice Cream Man, Stop Me When I'm Passin' By

The San Jose Mercury News report that police in Brentwood, California were contacted after a man who purchased ice cream from a local ice cream truck received a baggie of methamphetamine mixed in with the change from his purchase. When he told the driver he didn't want the drugs, the driver told him he didn't know how the drugs got there and to throw the baggie away.

Instead, the man called police, who arrested the 62-year-old driver on two felony charges, possession and transportation of meth.

Possession / Transportation of Methamphetamine

Under California drug laws, the driver of the truck could be facing stiff penalties if convicted on either of the charges. Possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell is punishable by anywhere from 16 months to three years in prison. The transportation charge is equally as serious, with a possible sentence of between two and four years.

Among the many defenses for drug charges, the driver is most likely to claim that the drugs were not his, but were rather passed to him by a customer paying for ice cream and inadvertently given to the man who reported the drugs to police.

A Brentwood Police Department told The San Jose Mercury News "It's very possible he could have accepted this from someone else" and that there were no other reports of similar incidents involving the driver or his truck.

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