Prep School Grads Busted for Allegedly Running PA Drug Ring
Prep school grads were arrested in a massive drug ring operation in Pennsylvania. The accused drug dealers supplied marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to students at three colleges and five high schools in Philadelphia’s affluent Main Line suburbs.
The two suspected ringleaders, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks, even peddled drugs to their alma mater, Haverford School, an all-boys prep school that costs $35K a year.
Nine "sub-dealers" working for the men at the various schools were also arrested. Each dealer was reportedly told to move at least one pound of marijuana per week. The goal was to create a monopoly on the drugs sold to local schools, police say.
Scott was said to be in charge of getting the drugs from California, while Brooks allegedly oversaw the dealers.
The 18-year-old reportedly told police he got into the drug business because he had trouble finding pot as a student. According to the court affidavit, Scott outlined his business plan for investigators and told them it was successful “because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed.”
In one text message conversation, Brooks says, “I’m trying to start a business and learning how to run this.” To which Scott replied, “Just keep finding customers and we’ll both make more than enough money.”
The arrests came after four months of investigation. Police had confidential informants inside all of the schools. In addition to drugs, authorities also discovered guns, ammunition and bags of cash.
District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a press conference, “This is a dangerous business. This was not a game. These people were … in business to make money and they were going to do whatever they needed to do to make sure that no one threatened their business.”
Ferman said Scott worked in a medical marijuana dispensary in San Diego after he left college. He later moved back to Pennsylvania and began having drugs mailed to his home in 2013. Brooks’ attorney says he was depressed after leaving college.
Both ringleaders and the dealers are said to be facing significant jail time.