Video: Feds bust prep-school drug ring

posted at 10:41 am on April 23, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Our best schools prepare young men and women for success in the business world with a classical education, but two men from a prestigious prep school in Pennsylvania tried cornering the drug market instead — and not pharmaceuticals. Neil Scott and Timothy Brooks masterminded a drug ring that attempted to control the trade in prep schools and colleges throughout the region, but turned out to be classically inept, as well as dangerous:

Two young men, a bunch of subordinates, one master plan: Take over the drug trade at some of Pennsylvania’s best schools.

Authorities announced Tuesday that they were able to foil this ambitious effort — unearthing marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, ecstasy (or MDMA, its active ingredient) as well as cash and several weapons — and arrest the pair allegedly at the center of it, among others.

“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,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

She was speaking primarily of the main suspects, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks, behind what they allegedly called the “Main Line Take-Over Project” — the Main Line referring to a group of affluent towns and cities outside Philadelphia.

How did they decide to take over the trade? Well, enforcement was apparently part of the business plan:

The goal: control the marijuana trade at local high schools and colleges in the picturesque, wealthy corridor of towns known as the Main Line.

They enlisted local students to act as dealers, pushing them to sell at least one pound of marijuana a week, prosecutors said. During an investigation into the operation this year, detectives seized marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and several weapons, including a loaded assault rifle and a semiautomatic pistol, according to the Montgomery County district attorney’s office. …

Prosecutors said that the marijuana was shipped in bulk to Mr. Scott from a supplier in California. Mr. Brooks allegedly told the dealers that it was important to make sure there was a constant supply of marijuana in each school because he remembered it was not always easy to buy marijuana when he was in high school.

This case will take on some significant cultural weight in terms of prosecution and sentencing, assuming convictions result from this bust. Will these well-to-do youth get the same kind of treatment for this activity as others from less-privileged backgrounds might expect? Or will we see another claim of “affluenza” as a mitigating circumstance to let them off the hook?

Here’s another question to ponder, more philosophical than legal or even political. If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will? Is a $35,000 education only good for which college opportunities and business connections it unlocks? There will always be bad apples, of course, but this appears to be at least a little more significant.


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“The best and brighest………”

/Snicker

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I certainly hope these poor kids life aren’t ruined over a weed you know? If pot was legal there is no way these megalomaniac scumbags would have been doing anything illegal.

Rocks on April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

County prosecutor, not feds. And Haverfod is one of the most elite schols here in Philly.

Wethal on April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

including a loaded assault rifle

Never heard of such a thing, is this something new on the market?

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

You can’t fix stupid, no matter how much money you throw at education.

GarandFan on April 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

I hope the 25 year old still isn’t in prep school.

Bravesbill on April 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Here’s another question to ponder, more philosophical than legal or even political. If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will?

Start with the parents. Here in DC, a similarly prestigious school is being sued because one particular snowflake got a bad grade that supposedly precluded him getting into the college of his choice.

I would bet that Scott and Brooks have parents that did not instil values and ethics into their daily life. Most likely, making as much money as possible was the only value that stuck. By any means necessary the ethos.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Or will we see another claim of “affluenza” as a mitigating circumstance to let them off the hook?

It’s one thing for a high-priced attorney to argue such a case. Defending your client comes with such territory. It’s quite another for a judge to buy into it.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Prep school is expensive.

crankyoldlady on April 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I hope the 25 year old still isn’t in prep school.

Bravesbill on April 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Very late bloomer?

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If pot was legal there is no way these megalomaniac scumbags would have been doing anything illegal.

Rocks on April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

You forget the sarc tag do you really believe that?

During an investigation into the operation this year, detectives seized marijuana, cocaine, Ecstasy and several weapons, including a loaded assault rifle and a semiautomatic pistol

Pot was merely one product line.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Never heard of such a thing, is this something new on the market?

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

You see the size of that lacrosse stick?! Man, that thing proly has a bunch of bullets is it’s clips!

VegasRick on April 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I certainly hope these poor kids life aren’t ruined over a weed you know? If pot was legal there is no way these megalomaniac scumbags would have been doing anything illegal.

Rocks on April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Captures the essence fully.

Well done.

nobar on April 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I’m sure these boys will fall under the new policy of releasing people that have been busted for drugs that Ed wrote about yesterday. Poor boys. Just a little misunderstood, that’s all. We’re sorry we ruined your business plans./

Deano1952 on April 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

…I guess they weren’t very bright!

KOOLAID2 on April 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

They were doing it for the children so I’m expecting leniency.

trapeze on April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No worries, Holder and Obama want to let drug dealers
out of prison. I doubt these guys will even be prosecuted.

redguy on April 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Sound like perfect future Democrat candidates.

No Truce With Kings on April 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

*hands Happy another cup of coffee, with some bourbon stirred in*
Dude, the sarc was obvious. (“megalomaniac scumbags”)

GWB on April 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will?

um, as conservatives we shouldnt be expecting a school to do that. the school should educate the students in math, history, geography, english and leave values, ethics and morals to the family.

chasdal on April 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I certainly hope these poor kids life aren’t ruined over a weed you know? If pot was legal there is no way these megalomaniac scumbags would have been doing anything illegal.

Rocks on April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

If all drugs were legal, this wouldn’t be a problem.

Bigbullets on April 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Here’s another question to ponder, more philosophical than legal or even political. If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will?

I strongly recommend a boot camp, run by retired Army Sergeants.

Rix on April 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM

I’m sure these boys will fall under the new policy of releasing people that have been busted for drugs that Ed wrote about yesterday. Poor boys. Just a little misunderstood, that’s all. We’re sorry we ruined your business plans./

Deano1952 on April 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Indeed. From the Vito Corleone School of Management.

Bitter Clinger on April 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hey Ed:

values and ethics any better than this, than then what will?

FIFY

Longing4Lincoln on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

You know this sort of thing has to be going on all over the country. Drugs are not hard to find in well-heeled areas.

MisterElephant on April 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

If all drugs were legal, this wouldn’t be a problem.

Bigbullets on April 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Not really true which was my point. These guys aren’t interested in starting a legitimate business, doing paperwork and paying taxes. They set out specifically to sell drugs to minors which will always be illegal. Illegal is there main focus, not drugs. They want to be Tony Montana.

Rocks on April 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will?

Family, church, community.

And the state has socialized all of these so were screwed.

gwelf on April 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

HHAHAHHHHAHAA!!!

So this happened on the Main Line??? Yeah, this kind of
stuff has NEVER happened there…..geez, this area is some
of the Oldest Wealth in the Nation…Haverford,
Bryn Mawr (where Grace Kelly hung out), Villanova, Ardmore…

These poeple are true Blue stuck up Sh*theads…

Hell, our ValeDICKtorian in my HS class was a transfer in our
Freshman year from West Chester…he was busted Dealing Coke
in Vegas one Summer during his College…don’t know whatever
happend to him….

ToddPA on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

My nephew, a star student, fell into a drug addiction spiral at one of the leading prep schools in America. This drug problem continued at one of the leading liberal arts colleges in America. The ignorance and even coldheartedness indifference of the well-paid administrators at these well-endowed instititions was stunning. This is not to absolve my nephew of his choices and their consequences. But just to point out that our academic culture is profoundly rotted in every respect of mission, management and character.

rrpjr on April 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Yet more proof that money isn’t the way to a good education. I homeschool my kids for about $500 a year, and they learn A LOT.

ImmigrantsWife on April 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Drugs, guns, networks.

All they’d need would be tie-dye, a couple of copies of Herbert Marcuse, a Che! poster, and a VW Samba van with flowers painted all over it, and they’d be… what most of their professors were probably like forty-odd years ago.

Or as my mother always said, “Manners are ‘caught’, not ‘taught’.”

Just like political and social “philosophies”.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Kids have been selling drugs to kids ever since there have been kids in schools.

This story serves two angles. More class warfare crap, and gist for the reefer madness crowd.

Moesart on April 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Throw the book at them.

And if they try the “Affluenza” defense they should be publicly horsewhipped on top of their sentence.

portlandon on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

They have been watching too many Law & Order reruns.

PattyJ on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Or as my mother always said, “Manners are ‘caught’, not ‘taught’.”

I like that!!

ImmigrantsWife on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Here’s another question to ponder, more philosophical than legal or even political. If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will? Is a $35,000 education only good for which college opportunities and business connections it unlocks? There will always be bad apples, of course, but this appears to be at least a little more significant.

Every time a conservative with a libertarian strain tells me we need to “drop social issues,” I shall refer them to a myriad of things that show us social issues MATTER.

We just have to go about discussing them in a new, fresh manner.

blatantblue on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

“If I had a son…….”

President “Choom Gang” Obama

portlandon on April 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Every time a conservative with a libertarian strain tells me we need to “drop social issues,” I shall refer them to a myriad of things that show us social issues MATTER.

We just have to go about discussing them in a new, fresh manner.

blatantblue on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I’m coming around to the idea that social issues are ALL that matter. It’s not about being a “SoCon,” but rather absorbing what Andrew Breitbart meant when he said “politics is downstream from culture.” I’m increasingly losing interest in politics and the idea of political reformation in and of itself. I’ve been steeped in politics my whole life. But I’m grocking to the fact that these politicians are products of the culture and not able to break free of it. I’ve always believed in the exceptional individual, the epochal reformer. But this may be my imaginative conceit, my deluded hope that a politician can re-constitute the culture. The Tea Party goal of electing more conservatives or Constitutionalists is fine and good but I’m not sure this really matters, that is: what good is passing or blocking this or that policy when we have a president, himself a perfect product of the culture or of the Left’s long-term project to re-shape it, who simply does what he wants to regardless of laws or traditions, along with a media culture that either ignores or celebrates this, and a citizen culture that largely pays no attention?

The culture is the real issue and battlefield. Politics follows.

rrpjr on April 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

What a farce. I think I saw the price tag hanging off the AR, lol. A bunch of ne’er-do-wells think they can outsmart everyone, and they prove to be as stupid as every other criminal in prison. The dopey DA gets headlines for announcing the kingpins were incentivizing their dealers to sell more. as if this is something new in the drug business.

dnonnema on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Prep school. Perp school. Whatever.

red villain on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Every time a conservative with a libertarian strain tells me we need to “drop social issues,” I shall refer them to a myriad of things that show us social issues MATTER.

We just have to go about discussing them in a new, fresh manner.

blatantblue on April 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Yeah, the drop social issues crowd really marginalizes who is going to vote for them. What’s the point of having a robust economy if you have to put up with all the crap that the Paulbots ignore. I for one don’t want to live in a world where gays marriage is considered equal to the real kind, where potheads are on every corner, and of course amnesty for all the illegals!

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

It’s the Koch’s fault..

theblacksheepwasright on April 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Aren’t schools “Drug Free” zones? How can this be?

Murphy9 on April 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

This case will take on some significant cultural weight in terms of prosecution and sentencing, assuming convictions result from this bust. Will these well-to-do youth get the same kind of treatment for this activity as others from less-privileged backgrounds might expect?

If I had any say, no. Drug dealers, regardless of race, engage in conduct that has no social utility and that is easily avoided. The promote addiction and social costs downstream, and they are part of a criminal conspiracy/enterprise upstream that invariably costs someone a life or great bodily harm. Upon conviction, summary execution. Put ‘em down and thin the herd.

BuckeyeSam on April 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Here’s another question to ponder, more philosophical than legal or even political. If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will? Is a $35,000 education only good for which college opportunities and business connections it unlocks? There will always be bad apples, of course, but this appears to be at least a little more significant.

Yeah, a little more significant but not so much as to do the wring-your-hands moralizing pondering you suggest. Let me know when these incidents are uncovered on a weekly basis, Ed. Until then, this is nothing more than a visit to the extreme tail of the bell curve and a case of metus levis on your part.

Dusty on April 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It is a harsh exposure of economic conditions that the parents haven’t been able to pony up enough to buy the justice they need.

BL@KBIRD on April 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

“… the Main Line referring to a group of affluent towns and cities outside Philadelphia.”

That’s about half true.

Really, it’s called the “Main Line” because these communities are along the main rail line into the city of Philadelphia from the western suburbs, known as the “Suburban Line.”

J_Crater on April 23, 2014 at 1:19 PM

including a loaded assault rifle

Never heard of such a thing, is this something new on the market?

Bishop on April 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Yea. New.

It has a pistol grip at the end of the barrel. You swing it upside someones haid.

That’s where the assault happens.

Tsar of Earth on April 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I casually knew a couple drug dealers in college: one former, one practicing.

The former was turning his life around after being busted. But the practicing was pulling in serious money, and had been since he started in early high school. He had a smart setup as far as reporting his income to the IRS (as an exotic dancer), paying for his own expenses in cash and even had help laundering his money from his parents (he bought a house that they claimed to be paying for but was actually his drug money). He also dealt almost exclusively in weed since the sentencing was always lighter. The story was that once he got his degree he was going to stop, but there is no entry level job that would pay that kind of money so I doubted it would happen, (I heard he said the same thing about turning 18 and being vulnerable as an adult). I figured eventually he’d be busted, especially with the volume he must have been moving for his lifestyle, and how would that look to any employer? I figured he would keep going that way until it crashed around him. After that many years I bet he felt untouchable.

I sometimes wonder what happened to him.

MC88 on April 23, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

*hands Happy another cup of coffee, with some bourbon stirred in*
Dude, the sarc was obvious. (“megalomaniac scumbags”)

GWB on April 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Powdered bourbon?

Sue Doenim on April 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

If the best schools in the country can’t form young people in terms of values and ethics any better than this, than what will? Is a $35,000 education only good for which college opportunities and business connections it unlocks?

You guys and other conservative media have been chronicling the dumbing down and outright corruption of higher education for several years. So, is this just a rhetorical question, Ed?

earlgrey on April 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

This is pretty much the plot of 21 Jump Street.

“Infiltrate the dealers, fund the suppliers.”

Oarsman05 on April 24, 2014 at 10:02 AM

This is pretty much the plot of 21 Jump Street.

“Infiltrate the dealers, find the suppliers.”

Oarsman05 on April 24, 2014 at 10:03 AM