You know, the more I thought about this old hybridizer "choosing" that lifestyle, the more I believe he was coerced. Either he got himself into some kind of debt (perhaps due to the daylily business or a family member's money woes) or the drug cartels had something over on him to get him to do this constantly to such a large scale degree. He did not appear to be living in wealth. (He should have made millions off these drug deliveries.)
We all read about how the drug cartels work. They kidnap family members, follow through on threats, brutal killings, etc. They are very dangerous people. I am so sorry to hear that he got involved, especially if he was coerced into the business.
I am one of those people who have never understood the attraction to drugs or even alcohol (except drinks at an occasional social event). It seems no good can come of it. Why people do these things makes me wonder if they think they are impervious, are suicidal, or trying to numb themselves from living. It's a life choice that people make. Drug cartels would not be in business if people chose not to do drugs. I think the only exception I could imagine would be if you were in constant physical pain such as a debilitating or terminal disease. I think more people should take up gardening. I think the health benefits are tremendous and the side-effects are nominal. (Except to your pocketbook sometimes!)
Such a shame.