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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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karen April 22 2014 at 8:46 AM

"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. "

Poor dear…no wonder he concocted a criminal enterprise (LOL). Always some excuse, isn't there?

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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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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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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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SPQR April 22 2014 at 11:27 AM

It's about time that whites get back in the pot business. Illegals have been doing it for decades and making all the money ! There are tunnels on our southern borders that are big enough for semi trucks to haul tons on Mary Jane every week to the US. Border guards do nothing....so it seems. The kids didn't want to mow lawns for a few extra bucks like in the olden days !!! Sounds like Prohibition is still in force !

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llamammama2 April 22 2014 at 11:29 AM

creating jobs in the private sector.

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trifeloco2012 April 22 2014 at 11:39 AM

Well at least this time around they weren't minorities for a change. You see children? White people do it too. What people fail to see is that the minorities that drug deal, at least most of the time, are the idiots that are in urban enviornments standing on the corner getting into all kinds of petty stuff. Who do you think supplies the lower level street dealers? Who do you think buys big from the people that smuggle drugs into the country?

A lot of times it's white people. The only difference is they're more low key than your average Hispanic or Black person in the ghetto standing on the corner. Now, before many of you throw a fit, I'm just speaking from my own experience, I come from the hood in NY and most of the dealers that I knew and that other people knew, were getting their product from white people that sold the real "weight". But unfortunately for minorities, the scope and the bad images that are displayed by white controlled media is aimed more at them than whites.

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bonitoking61 April 22 2014 at 11:43 AM

Prescription drugs have a huge negative impact on our society, because it is regulated our government it's OK.

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Richard April 22 2014 at 11:46 AM

Looks like an Ivy League education is more than it's Cracked up to be, Pun Intended.

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jmg62 April 22 2014 at 2:26 AM

I guess a certain percentage of students don't need brains - just money - to go to a school on the Main Line - but at least it kept them off Wall Street! Enough of them there without scruples, morals, ethics, common decency or sense as it is. The idyotz!

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