PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (WRIC) - A former University of Richmond student is one of two graduates of a prestigious private high school in Pennsylvania accused of running a massive drug ring in the area.
25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks were both in handcuffs after they were arrested and charged with masterminding and operating a drug ring that targeted high school and college students in a wealthy area of Philadelphia.
According to reports, brooks went to University of Richmond in 2013 on a lacrosse scholarship, but suffered a career-ending injury shortly after the season started.
He went back to Pennsylvania where he's now accused of running a drug-ring.
Scott and Brooks were graduates of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania, a prep school with an eye-popping annual tuition of $35,000 a year. Both played lacrosse there and police say a four month investigation revealed the two used their business skills and sports contacts to build their network.
"And their goal was to actually create a monopoly for themselves and the distribution to high school students and college students," says Montgomery City District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "They were going to do whatever they needed to do to make sure that no one threatened their business."
Investigators say they seized eight pounds of marijuana, more than $10,000 cash, weapons and books on drug empires. Gregory Pagan, the attorney representing Brooks, says Brooks wasn't a big player in the drug ring.
"He was involved in this conspiracy for a very short period of time and he was at a very susceptible low point in his life."
Scott and Brooks were arraigned Monday along with most of the other nine suspects facing charges.
Scott is being held on $1 million bail. Brooks was released after his parents posted $25,000 bail. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond Related Stories: