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Prosecutors: Prep school graduates ran drug ring



ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) - Two prep school graduates sought to use their sports connections and business acumen to establish a monopoly on drug sales to high school students in the affluent Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, authorities said Monday.

Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, recruited and supplied dealers with marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and hash oil to sell to teens at five high schools in the tony bedroom communities, authorities said.

A four-month investigation revealed the pair also hired students at Haverford, Gettysburg and Lafayette colleges to peddle drugs at those Pennsylvania schools, authorities said.

Scott and Brooks are graduates of The Haverford School, a $35,000-a-year private institution where both played lacrosse. They tapped their sports and social networks to help further their enterprise, officials said.

"They were using very traditional business principles," Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. "To take those skills and turn it into this kind of illegal enterprise is very distressing."

Scott, Brooks and several others arrested in the alleged ring were arraigned Monday on drug charges and related counts.

Scott's lawyer declined to comment, saying he hadn't yet reviewed the case.

Brooks' attorney, Greg Pagano, described his client as vulnerable and a bit depressed after leaving the University of Richmond last year due to an unnamed injury. Brooks lives at his family's home in Villanova.

"He, regrettably, lost his way," Pagano said. "His parents are devastated."

Scott, of Haverford, began selling pot after he moved back to the area last fall from San Diego, where he worked at a medical marijuana dispensary, officials said.

Scott told police that he needed money and figured he could make it by selling better marijuana than what was currently available in the area. He told police that an unspecified California connection could supply him with high-quality pot, which "would sell very well on the Main Line because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed," an investigator wrote in the affidavit.

Scott began having the drug mailed to Pennsylvania in late 2013 and called his operation the "Main Line Take Over Project," authorities said. Officials began an investigation in January based on a tip and eventually executed search warrants at nine locations.

In all, they reported seizing eight pounds of pot, more than $11,000, a loaded assault weapon, two other guns and equipment to manufacture hash oil. Scott has been in custody since February, held on $1 million bail.

Authorities didn't calculate the total value of the operation, but Scott told police he was making about $1,000 per week on marijuana alone, the affidavit said.

Ferman said the investigation continues. So far, eight suspects have been arrested, and authorities say at least three more are involved.

One suspect, a current student at The Haverford School, has been suspended indefinitely, said headmaster John Nagl. He said the alleged involvement of the student and two alums is "hugely disappointing."

"Those choices reflect badly on the values the school stands for," Nagl said. "They let down themselves and their families, who've made huge sacrifices to send them to this school."

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maqita April 22 2014 at 10:22 AM

The tone would have been harsher had they been minority kids, no surprise of the present transposal. Sometimes it's best to quickly go on the offensive.

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Beckey Neal April 22 2014 at 12:27 PM

The difference is they KNEW the DIFFERENCE! It was illegal.

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Beckey Neal April 22 2014 at 12:28 PM

They had an ivy league education and CHOSE to use it for illegal activity. No excuse. ]
There are Laws, fair or not, and we as a society have to have law and order .They are big boys and knew they were breaking the law.

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spldrtnbrt April 22 2014 at 11:17 AM

They look like normal people they must not be users just dealers

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onemadashell spldrtnbrt April 22 2014 at 11:53 AM

so you must be blind.

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trfyol April 22 2014 at 11:15 AM

If marijauna were legal for adults youth would not be a target of criminal dealers and assault weapons would not be needed to protect a legal business which could avail itself of police protection. The classification of marijauna as a class I narcotic is not justified pharmacologially, or legally, and has cost lives and treasure with NO BENEFIT whatsoever outside the political arena. Check out what Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has to say - these are senior law enforcement officers at all levels that can speak out now that most of them are retired. The American People have been sold a bill of goods that has cost us lives and billions - for NOTHING!

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bonitoking61 trfyol April 22 2014 at 11:34 AM

There is illegal dealing of cigarettes right now do to high taxes on them.

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Richard April 22 2014 at 11:12 AM

Wow, must be nice to have money to burn. Now it's time for those with it to burn.

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johnpoplawski April 22 2014 at 5:58 PM

to hell with jail, put them in charge of gm. they figured out how to make money, gm could use 'em.

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martineze.smith April 22 2014 at 12:45 PM

That way its so hard to survive either way working a job or either selling drugs some perp always get the last word.

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merkjones April 22 2014 at 9:56 AM

OH Boy there will be some rich Lawyers and Judges being made in the works. DADDY is going to have to pay big bucks. (off the books) To keep their little bunches’ out of prison.

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fpt313 April 22 2014 at 12:54 PM

Lets see Daddy get you out of this one.

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thisistheendof fpt313 April 22 2014 at 1:16 PM

They have a Mommy too so share the effort instead of attacking the Dads affections...

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