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Two Haverford Students Charged in “Main Line Take Over” Drug Bust

Katie Greifeld contributed to this report.

Two Haverford students have been arrested and charged in connection to an investigation by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for widespread distribution of drugs at area high schools and colleges, the DA announced in a press release Monday.

The leaders of the drug ring, dubbed the “Main Line Take Over Project” were two graduates of The Haverford School, an all-male high school across from Haverford College.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said that Neil K. Scott, 25, of Haverford, and Timothy C. Brooks, 18, of Villanova, employed high school students at Lower Merion, Harriton, Conestoga, and Radnor High Schools and college students at Haverford, Gettysburg and Lafayette Colleges to peddle their wares.

Scott and Brooks allegedly ran the ring like a business, demanding their subdealers move at least a pound of marijuana a week and giving them incentives, in the form of cheaper prices on drugs and the ability to buy them on credit, according to court documents.

“It was a business, an illegal business, but they were using very traditional business practices,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Two Haverford College freshmen, Garrett Johnson and Reid Cohen, were also charged for their alleged involvement as sub-dealers, according to a press release by the DA’s Office.

From the press release:

From February 28, 2014 to April 9, 2014, detectives executed multiple search warrants and evidence of this drug trafficking organization was seized at 9 locations in the Pennsylvania Counties of Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Northampton, Adams, and Philadelphia, including the homes of Neil Scott and Timothy Brooks. In total, the following items of significance were seized during the course of this investigation:

Approximately 8 pounds of marijuana; 3 grams of hash oil; 23 grams of cocaine; 11 grams of MDMA; $11,035.00 in U.S. Currency; 1 loaded .223 caliber AR-15 Assault Rifle; 1 loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol; 1 .22 caliber AR-15 style rifle; Additional .22 caliber, .223 caliber and 9mm ammunition; A 2007 Toyota 4 Runner sport utility vehicle; A 2009 Acura RDX sport utility vehicle; 8 cellular phones; 1 computer; Equipment and supplies used to manufacture butane hash oil; Numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Director of Campus Safety Thomas King confirmed in an email April 11 that members of the DA’s Office had visited campus that week as part of an ongoing investigation but that “they did not share the nature or scope of their investigation with us,” King wrote. “Naturally, we asked them, but they politely declined to share any details with us at this time.”

After the news broke Monday, King and Dean of the College Martha Denney wrote an email to students acknowledging investigation of “illegal activity” at Haverford.

Dear Students,

As many of you are no doubt aware, Haverford College, as well as
several other local educational institutions, has been the subject of
an investigation of, and publicity about, illegal activity involving
some of our students. We want to reassure you that our primary concern
is your safety and well-being, and that further information will be
forthcoming as it becomes available. If you have concerns about your
own well-being or that of anyone else on campus, please do not
hesitate to be in touch with Campus Safety, CAPS, or your dean. All of
these services are available 24 hours through our on-call system,
accessible by calling Campus Safety 610-896-1111.

With our best wishes,

Martha Denney, Dean of the College
Tom King, Director of Campus Safety

Defendants had preliminary arraignments Monday at noon. The case will be prosecuted by Special Assistant District Attorney Tonya Lupinacci and Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley.