Two graduates from a $35,000-per-year Philadelphia prep school have been indicted in a drug sting. Dubbed the "Main Line Takeover Project," a four-month investigation culminated in the leaders' arrest along with nine others.
Neil K. Scott, 25, and Timothy R. Brooks, 18, decided to drop out of college and focus their attention on dealing drugs, moving pounds of marijuana and other narcotics each week. Both had played lacrosse at the Haverford School, a prep school in the Philadelphia suburbs that comes with a price tag equal to an Ivy League.
The would-be drug kingpins were arraigned Monday.
“They were using very traditional business principles,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said at a press conference. “To take those skills and turn it into this kind of illegal enterprise is very distressing.”
Scott allegedly started the drug ring after working at a San Diego medical marijuana dispensary. He decided to sell high-quality marijuana across the country because it “would sell very well on the Main Line because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed,” according to an affidavit.
He told cops he made at least $1,000 a week just from pushing weed.
Scott and Brooks got large marijuana shipments at Scott’s Haverford apartment, which they then funneled to small-time dealers at five local high schools and three colleges, along with cocaine, hash oil, and ecstasy, drugs that spread to other schools in the Philadelphia area.
The four-month investigation ended with a search in which authorities seized pounds of drugs as well as $11,000 in cash and a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, among other weapons.
Scott was arrested in February. He is sitting in jail on $1 million bail.
“Parents across our community have chosen to send their children to these schools and colleges because they are some of the finest institutions of learning in the United States,” Ferman said. “These drug dealers, motivated by their own greed, sought to create a network to push poison into our education institutions and take over drug distribution on the Main Line. While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use schools to create drug addicts.”
Sources: New York Daily News