The alleged leader of a drug ring targeting high school and college students in suburban Philadelphia's swanky Main Line pled not guilty plea to multiple drug-related charges Wednesday.
After waiving his preliminary hearing in April, 25-year-old Neil Scott was formally arraigned for his alleged role in selling drugs, including marijuana, hash oil, cocaine and MDMA, a drug commonly known as ecstasy, at five high schools and three area colleges.
Court records show he faces multiple felonies.
According to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman, Scott worked together with 18-year-old Timothy 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 "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 Gettsburg, Lafayette and Haverford colleges, Ferman said.
Authorities also took the alleged "sub-dealers" -- Willow Orr, 22; Reid Cohen, 18; Daniel McGrath, 18; Christian Euler, 23; Domenic Curcio, 29; John Rosemann, 20; Garrett Johnson, 18; a 17-year-old Radnor High School student and a 17-year-old Lower Merion High School student -- into custody in April.
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Orr, Cohen, McGrath, Euler, Cucio and Rosemann are scheduled for formal arraignment on June 18, while Johnson will be formally arraigned July 2. A preliminary hearing for Brooks is set for July 10.
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.