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Lawyers Defend Former Students Charged in Drug Sting
By ABC NEWS
The lawyers for two former private school students charged as alleged masterminds of a large drug ring are speaking out in defense of their clients.
Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, were charged with supplying marijuana, ecstasy, and cocaine to dealers in colleges and high schools throughout the affluent Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia. Police allegedly found large amounts of cash, drugs and guns when homes and buildings associated with the pair were searched earlier this week.
Authorities say the pair called their network the "Main Line Takeover Project."
Law enforcement officials also arrested nine suspected sub-dealers -- including two high school students -- in the sting and said the investigation may result in more arrests.
Both Brooks and Scott are being charged with multiple felony counts, including working for a corrupt organization, conspiracy and possession of a controlled substance.
Scott remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Brooks was released after his family posted his $250,000 bail.
Brooks' lawyer Greg Pagano sent a statement to ABC News in which he said that his client is "remorseful" and did not possess any weapons.
"He suffered an injury as an athlete at his first year of college in the Fall of 2013 requiring him to come home for surgery and to recuperate," Pagano said. "He became depressed and was not well physically or mentally. It was during this time period that he became acquainted with the wrong people."
Pagano said his client was only associated with the network for three months.
Scott's lawyer Timothy Egan, however, said that it was Brooks who had his own suppliers in schools throughout the area and that Scott never dealt with any high school students directly.
"Mr. Scott had no direct relationships with any high school students or any high school drug dealers with regards to any substance -- including marijuana," Egan said. "The main contact he had with the high school was Mr. Brooks ... and Mr. Brooks already had pre-exiting ties in at least a few of the high schools."
Egan said it was too preliminary to say whether Scott would go to trial and said Brooks had been dealing drugs since before he met Scott.