Once again, a story surfaces to show that the nation’s drug problem is not confined to any one area of our landscape or to any one socioeconomic group. Some argue that “profiling” is a valid and valuable law enforcement tool but it doesn’t always work. We can’t help but wonder how many of the nation’s police forces would have missed this simply by making assumptions that the alleged perpetrators didn’t fit “the profile.”
We are not pointing out this story to try to deflect from the problems that plague urban centers and various “ethnic groups.” Rather, it is to illuminate the fact that we can begin to have a constructive dialogue and subsequent policy about drugs and other issues until we air all the nation’s dirty laundry and prepare a proper wash. This also is a cautionary tale for those who think their children are safe from certain detrimental influences because they attend the “better” schools in “better” areas.
Authorities: Drug ring targeting top suburban Philly schools busted
By Greg Botelho and Stephanie Gallman, CNN
Drug ring alleged involving elite schools
(CNN) — Two young men, a bunch of subordinates, one master plan: Take over the drug trade at some of Pennsylvania’s best schools.
Authorities announced Tuesday that they were able to foil this ambitious effort — unearthing marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, ecstasy (or MDMA, its active ingredient) as well as cash and several weapons — and arrest the pair allegedly at the center of it, among others.
“They were in business to make money, and they were going to do whatever they needed to do to make sure that no one threatened their business,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
She was speaking primarily of the main suspects, 25-year-old Neil Scott and 18-year-old Timothy Brooks, behind what they allegedly called the “Main Line Take-Over Project” — the Main Line referring to a group of affluent towns and cities outside Philadelphia.
Officials claim Scott helmed the operation, including shipping large amounts of marijuana from California to Pennsylvania, while Brooks supervised sub-dealers at area high schools.