A stable financial source can be difficult for university students to secure, pushing some to seek unorthodox methods just to pay the bills. Selling drugs in a college town can be lucrative, as the area is often the ideal market.
“Selling in Clifton wasn’t very hard,” said a UC business student and former marijuana dealer. “Buying and selling wasn’t hard — you just have to be smart. Financially speaking, it does help. Everyone wants a little extra money in their pocket.”
He said he never felt at risk. As a student himself, he felt like he fit in.
“It’s way easier than a normal job,” said another currently-enrolled Bearcat who allegedly sells marijuana and cocaine to fellow students.
Selling drugs offers far more freedom and flexibility compared to a normal job, he said.
“[I make] $500 to $1,000 a week probably,” he said. “Depends — sometimes more, [but] at least that much. I pay for my school with most of it.”
He does, however, advise against anyone looking to get involved in the drug dealing field.
“People texting you at all times of the day that always think that they’re entitled to get their stuff,” he cited as a common problem. “It’s unpredictable … it’s always unpredictable. People like to rob people.”
Like any market, dealing drugs has its perks. For one alleged dealer, endless demand for marijuana makes it almost too easy to sell.
“Everyone and their mom smokes, so there’s always demand for it,” said one third-year student who sells cannabis regularly. “Selling to a town full of people of similar ages makes it a lot less sketchy.”
He said other benefits of selling include meeting new people, trying new drugs and gaining sales experience.
“I actually started selling on accident,” he said. “Whenever my closer friends