Wednesday, 23. April 2014
Two young men eager to take over the high-end drug trade in some of Pennsylvania’s best prep schools were arrested during a coordinated drug bust on Tuesday.
25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks were arrested after authorities uncovered marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, ecstasy, cash and several weapons including a loaded .223 caliber AR-15 assault rifle.
“They 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,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
According to police reports, Scott imported the drugs from California while Brooks supervised the sub-dealers at local area high schools in the cities and suburbs surrounding Philadelphia – often referred to as the Main Line.
Brooks’ attorney said Scott was the mastermind of the operation, and Brooks only got involved in the project because the pair met “at a very susceptible, low point in [Brooks’] life.” The attorney also said that Brooks was “willing to accept responsibility for what he did,” although he “was only involved in this conspiracy for a very, very short time period.”
Authorities aren’t so keen to take Brooks’ word that he only had a minor role in the operation.
“Brooks instructed the high school sub-dealers to make certain there was always a constant supply of marijuana in their assigned schools,” investigators said. “Brooks said this was important to him because he remembered not always being able to buy marijuana when he was in high school.”
Incriminating text messages may doom the pair, as an electronic trail details a plan to “efficiently distribute drugs at their schools.” Another message from Scott to Brooks read, “[All the marijuana] on the Main Line is about to come from you and me.” Authorities also uncovered messages about their business methods, as the two discussed offering incentives to higher-up dealers and allowing distributors to purchase products on credit.
Scott, Brooks and nine top dealers involved in the ring were arrested on charges of corrupt organization, intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and dealings in proceeds of unlawful activity.
Ferman concluded that the men were given all the opportunity in the world to succeed, only to succumb to the drug trade.
“You’re dealing with kids from one of the finest institutions probably in the country,” Ferman said. “To take those skills and turn it into this kind of illegal enterprise is very distressing.”
Related sources: Washington Post, CNN