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Prep school grads' drug ring dismantled, says Pa. DA

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Prosecutors say they've disbanded an intricate drug distribution network that targeted high school and college students in suburban Philadelphia and was being run by two graduates of a prestigious private school, reports CBS Philly.

Prosecutors in Montgomery County say the criminal enterprise was known as "the Main Line Takeover Project," and they say the ringleaders had eyes on becoming the major marijuana distributors in the area, while also trafficking in other drugs.

According to officials, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks were running the operation and grooming others to help distribute their products.

"Scott and Brooks employed students from five local high schools and three colleges as what they called 'subdealers' to distribute cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, (and) Ecstasy," says Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman, "and they used connections in their community to target dealers who would then carry on their business."

 


The arrests were the result of a four-month investigation that began in January and netted tips from confidential informants, reports CBS Philly.

Prosecutors say Scott had marijuana shipped in bulk from California to his Haverford apartment, the base of his illegal drug operation.

Prosecutors say he also used his parents' home in Paoli and Brooks' home in Villanova to conduct business.

It was Brooks, police say, who supervised sub-dealers who sold marijuana at local high schools.

The subdealers were allegedly urged to meet quotas and to offer incentives to buyers to increase profits.

The schools targeted were Harriton, Lower Merion, Radnor, Conestoga High Schools, the Haverford School, and Gettysburg, Lafayette, and Haverford Colleges, according to the station.

Scott and Brooks were graduates of the Haverford School, a selective, private all-boys college prep school.

In all, eleven people have been charged, with the investigation ongoing, according to CBS Philly.

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