Crime Watch

I prefer drug trafficking to stealing, says suspect

A 27-year-old suspected drug dealer, Monday Joseph, has said that he prefers drug trafficking to armed robbery.

He was taken into custody for allegedly cultivating Indian hemp in Ondo state, and about 69 bags were recovered.

Operatives of the Special Weapons and Tactics of the police command apprehended the suspect alongside one Sunday Akinfisoye.

Speaking while being paraded by the state police command, Joseph said his family raised him to cultivate Indian hemp.

Joseph said, “This is what I do for a living. I don’t have another job. I rather do this (trafficking Indian hemp) than be jobless. It’s either you work or you thief to make ends meet. So, as a man you have to engage in a job to survive. It is why I’m into this business.

“I was born and brought up by my parents into the business. I have been spending over 27 years now in it and It’s the common business we do in our community in Delta State. We plant and harvest this inside the forest reserve. I went to school but this is where I make my ends meet. I make millions of money from this business.

“It’s from the business that I make money to feed my family. I’m a father of two children. We have our customers already and they always come and buy it and travel back to their base.”

Police commissioner Abiodun Asabi said Joseph and Akinfisoye were nabbed following a tip-off by the residents as the suspects headed along Ijare road towards Ikota Junction in a vehicle.

“While conducting a search, 69 bags of weed suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered from the suspects and they would be charged to court at the end of investigation,” he said.