A Lower Merion man admitted to being part of a drug ring that targeted high school and college students in suburban Philadelphia's Main Line. Christian Euler, 23, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug offenses during a court appearance on Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Euler was only one of several subdealers who sold drugs, including marijuana, hash oil, cocaine and MDMA at five high schools and three area colleges.
According to investigators, Euler and the other dealers received their drugs from the alleged ringleaders, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks.
Euler, along with Scott, Brooks and eight other alleged subdealers were all arrested last April.
According to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, Scott worked together with Brooks to "create a [drug] monopoly to high school students in the area."
The pair, who both graduated from the prestigious all-boys preparatory school The Haverford School, employed the "sub-dealers," who sold drugs at their alma mater, along with public high schools, Lower Merion High School, Harriton High School, Radnor High School and Conestoga High School, as well as Gettysburg, Lafayette and Haverford colleges, Ferman said.
Authorities uncovered the suspects' involvement in the drug ring during a sweep that netted drugs, cash and guns during an operation known as the "Main Line Take Over Project," Ferman said.
The one-day round-up in February yielded 9 lbs. of marijuana, 3 grams of hash oil, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of Ecstasy, $11,000 in cash, a loaded handgun, an AR-15 assault rifle and AR-15 style rifle, according to reports. Most of the contraband came from Scott's Haverford apartment, authorities said.
“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 so that no one threatened their business," Ferman said.
According to a 100-page criminal complaint obtained by NBC10.com, Scott received bulk shipments of marijuana from California to his apartment in Haverford, Pa. Drugs would also be sent to his parent's home in Paoli and Brooks' home in Villanova, according to the complaint.
Authorities said Scott worked, at one time, at a legal marijuana dispensary in California and used those connections to garner his supply.
The DA said Scott and Brooks exploited relationships formed while playing lacrosse at the Haverford School and coaching youth sports leagues to help grow the criminal enterprise.
Both Scott and Brooks are waiting for their next court appearances. Euler is the fifth person to plead guilty in the case and could face up to nine months in prison.