Leader of “Main Line Drug Ring” Pleads
Neil Scott, one of the alleged ringleaders of the so-called “Main Line Drug Ring” has pleaded to drug charges in the case.
Neil Scott had nothing to say in court today after pleading guilty to several counts of possession with intent to deliver, running a “corrupt organization,” and conspiracy.
The 25-year-old Haverford School graduate was sentenced to five to 15 years behind bars.
Judge Steven O’Neill called it a serious sentence for a serious crime. “You were peddling a hell of a lot of misery,” he told the defendant.
Over the summer, Philly Mag took a close look at the drug ring and detailed Scott’s involvement:
Quickly, Jack says, Scott became a go-to dealer for Haverford students and graduates and assorted suburbanites. “A lot of the kids on the Main Line were buying from him,” Jack says. “Whether they knew it or not.” To be sure, there was already plenty of weed in circulation. As “Tom,” a current Main Line high-schooler, puts it, “Weed is very, very big on the Main Line because everyone can afford it. So many kids have come and gone and been dealers for a couple of months, made a ton of money and never got caught.” What distinguished Scott and Brooks was their attempt to control the supply chain in a market that was mostly decentralized, with dealers sticking mainly to their own schools and selling largely to their friends. Scott and Brooks, says one former Lower Merion High School dealer, seemed to be “unique in the fact that they actively went to high-school kids and said, ‘You wanna be a drug dealer? It’s cool, it’s going to be fun.’”
Ten others involved in the case have admitted guilt, and are awaiting sentencing.