Pennsylvania Prep School Graduates Accused of Running Drug Ring

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_a750ede2f3.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (ARDMORE, Pa.) -- Two prep school graduates are accused of leading a drug ring busted Monday in Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs. The two men allegedly supplied marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy to local high schools and colleges. At least eight people are in custody in connection with the drug ring, and more arrests are expected.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said it was an elaborate scheme that used traditional business principles. The leaders attempted to identify their dealers and create a market, and also targeted sub-dealers to find people "who would be motivated to do well."

"The tragedy of this is that instead of putting the skills that they might have into a traditional business or to a legal enterprise, they were using it for all of this," Ferman said.

Attorney Greg Pagano, who represents one of the alleged ring leaders, said one of the men was involved for a "very, very short period of time."

"He was only 18 years old and he was at a very susceptible low point in his life," Pagano said.

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