Prep School Graduates Busted For Running Drug Ring

By Shawn Dwyer 04/21/14

Two graduates of The Haverford School in Pennsylvania were arrested for an elaborate drug operation catering to an upper class clientele.


The tony suburbs of Main Line outside Philadelphia were shocked to learn that two of their own were busted for running a large drug operation that sold drugs to local high school students.

Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, used their sports and social connections along with business skills learned while students at The Haverford School to establish a sophisticated drug operation that catered to an upper-class clientele. "They were using very traditional business principles," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "To take those skills and turn it into this kind of illegal enterprise is very distressing."

Scott and Brooks supplied dealers with cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, and Ecstasy, and sent them to sell their wares to students at Haverford, Gettysburg, and Lafayette. According to Brooks’ attorney, Greg Pagano, his client had been depressed ever since suffering an injury that led him to leave the University of Richmond and move back in with his parents in Villanova. "He, regrettably, lost his way," Pagano said. "His parents are devastated."

Scott had previous experience selling medical marijuana at a dispensary in San Diego, where he lived last year before moving back to Pennsylvania. He told police that he needed a way to make money and decided to sell high-grade marijuana “because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed," according to the affidavit.

Authorities seized over $11,000, eight pounds of weed, a loaded assault rifle, two other weapons, and equipment to manufacture hash oil. They didn’t calculate the amount of money made from the operation, but learned through Scott that the pair made $1,000 a week off marijuana alone.

"Those choices reflect badly on the values the school stands for," said John Nagl, headmaster of The Haverford School. "They let down themselves and their families, who've made huge sacrifices to send them to this school."

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