An alleged Main Line drug-ring leader waives hearing

Timothy Brooks , a graduate of the Haverford School, is one of 11 people who were arrested in April. CAROLYN DAVIS / Staff
Timothy Brooks , a graduate of the Haverford School, is one of 11 people who were arrested in April. CAROLYN DAVIS / Staff
Posted: July 12, 2014

The Villanova 19-year-old who authorities say helped run a drug ring looking for customers at elite Main Line schools appeared briefly in Ardmore District Court on Thursday morning to waive his preliminary hearing.

District Judge Kathleen Valentine held over drug and other charges against Timothy Brooks, 19, for trial in Montgomery County Court. The judge told Brooks his formal arraignment in Norristown would be Aug. 27.

This was the last hearing in District Court for any of the drug-ring defendants. Eleven people, including two juveniles, were arrested in April by county authorities, who said the ring's leaders had referred to the burgeoning operation as the "Main Line Takeover Project."

Brooks and Neil K. Scott, graduates of the Haverford School on the Main Line, headed the scheme, according to a court document. One of the schools that investigators say the pair targeted for sales was their alma mater.

Brooks and his lawyer, Greg Pagano, declined to comment after the hearing, including on why it came weeks later than similar proceedings for the eight other adult defendants.

Montgomery County Special Assistant District Attorney Tonya Lupinacci said the defense had "requested continuances, and the judge granted them."

In Common Pleas Court, Brooks' case will be consolidated with the eight other cases, Lupinacci said, though that might not occur in time for a pretrial conference that is scheduled for July 30.

Brooks faces felony charges in connection with the alleged drug ring, including possessing or delivering drugs, corrupt organizations, and dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities.

He was released from custody April 21 after paying a portion of his $250,000 bail.


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