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Prep school grads arrested for running drug ring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:33

April 22 - Two prep school graduates are arrested after a drug ring was discovered in an affluent Philadelphia suburb. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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This stash was discovered in Lower Merion, an affluent Philadelphia suburb. Part of a drug ring allegedly run by two prep school grads. Twenty-five-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks were hauled away in handcuffs - accused of running the operation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MONTGOMERY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, RISA VETRI FERMAN, SAYING: "Scott and Brooks employed students from five local high schools and three colleges, as what they call sub-dealers, to distribute cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, ecstasy." "In fact the high school sub-dealers were encouraged to develop their business so they could sell at least one pound of marijuana each week." According to prosecutors, they used their privileged connections at the Haverford School, where tuition costs nearly $35,000 a year. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MONTGOMERY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY, RISA VETRI FERMAN, SAYING: "This was not a game. These people were in business. 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." Brooks' attorney says his client is full of regret. He says he was recruited by Scott while suffering from depression after dropping out of college. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TIMOTHY BROOKS' ATTORNEY, GREG PAGANO, SAYING: "He was at home. He was idle, and suffering from depression." Local residents are shocked by the news: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING: "It's very distressing news. It's certainly very sad for all the families at the schools involved." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENT, SAYING: "From what I've known of Timmy, he's always been a really good kid." Scott's attorney says he's well aware of the jail time he faces. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOM EGAN/NEIL SCOTT'S ATTORNEY, TOM EGAN, SAYING: "The main concern for him is how the mandatory minimums are going to operate if he's indeed guilty of the offenses."

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Prep school grads arrested for running drug ring

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:33