Enrico Joseph: Bus riders, T driver help catch suspected dealer

Enrico Joseph, who is wheelchair-bound, would board the Route 30 bus and spend the ride separating pot in bags.

Concerned commuters and an MBTA bus driver had enough and called police on the man who allegedly used their bus to prepare his marijuana distribution for the day.

 

Transit police said that “numerous people” anonymously complained recently that Enrico Joseph, who is wheelchair-bound, would board the Route 30 bus and spend the ride separating pot in bags.

 

"It has been reported that on numerous occasions while on the bus Enrico Joseph has marijuana in plain view of the other passengers as he appears to be putting small amounts of the marijuana in individual plastic bags," T police wrote in their report.

 

Undercover officers sent to investigate said that on Tuesday at about 6:15 a.m., they watched Joseph board the bus and head to Forest Hills station.

 

Once at the station, Joseph would head to the lobby where the officers said they observed him interact with a group of high school-aged boys.

Joseph would hand over most of the pot to one teen during a transaction behind an ATM, according to a T police report. Another teen would meet up also with Joseph and the first teen behind the ATM for another transaction, police said.

Police then stopped Joseph and the two teens.

During a search of the teens, police said they found eight small individual clear bags labeled with a marijuana leaf stamp. They also found $244.

Police said Joseph is known to them and has been stopped on at least three occasions because of suspected drug dealing.

He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last week and was released on his own recognizance.

The charges


Three people were arrested for the incident at Forest Hills station:



Enrico Joseph, 23, was charged with distribution of marijuana.



A 16-year-old juvenile from Dorchester was also charged with distribution of marijuana.



A 15-year-old juvenile from Mattapan was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
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